Drafting IEC publications
The IEC template
The IEC template (iecstd.dot) is the basis for the formatting and layout of all IEC publications. It contains the styles, boilerplate texts and automation features for IEC publications.
Important: To use the IEC template, its styles and functionalities, authors must save it once on their computers and then attach it to every working document.
A document without the template attached will not benefit from its features.
Note: For IEV documents (IEC 60050), please use the template IEV.dot instead of iecstd.dot from the download list below.
Working with the template
1. Download the file iecstd.dot below and save it in Word's Templates folder on your computer.
2. Attach the template to your working document.
3. Use the template's styles and features in MS Word.
For more detailed information, consult the User guide.
|IEC template, Version 5, in English||iecstd.dot||670 kB|
|IEC template in French, Version 5, for French translations||iecstd_f.dot||250 kB|
|User guide to the IEC template
(current version: 1.4)
|Keyboard shortcuts for some frequently used Word commands||Useful-Word-shortcuts_v3.pdf||130 kB|
|Administrative circular on version 5 of the IEC template||201325e.pdf||100 kB|
|IEV template, Version 1,
in English and French
|IEV template styles||IEV.dot styles.pdf||107 kB|
New version 5
With version 5 of the IEC template, various features have been added compared to the previous version. It remains, however, fully compatible with all versions of Word between 2002 and 2010 and can be used for documents elaborated with the previous version of the IEC template.
Model structure of an International Standard
To help experts draft a publication from scratch, the outline of a typical International Standard has been added. It shows the first four clauses, typical subclauses, an annex and examples of figures and tables.
An input mask for terminological entries helps experts to input and format terms and definitions in accordance with the ISO/IEC Directives, Part 2, 2012.
New table of contents
The IEC table of contents can now be used in all language versions of Word (before, it only worked in English Word interfaces).
- New styles to format numbered bibliographies, terminology and other elements
- Buttons to insert new Annexes, Figure and Table titles, and Equations
- Overhauled IEC toolbars
Please also consult the new User guide to the IEC template, which provides instructions on working with the template and useful tips and tricks for preparing IEC publications in Word.