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Drafting standards collaboratively in one space

The online standards authoring project aims to develop a tool which will allow the authoring of a standard from the preparatory phase through to the point that it is ready for approval. Obvious benefits to carrying out all the phases in one space include enhanced content quality, user guidance and version management, as well as the ability to work more collaboratively throughout the process.

Project receives positive feedback from IEC/ISO reference groups

The IEC reference group and ISO external user groups together with IEC/ISO project teams spent time building and validating a tool which would be ready for pilots to start using to draft standards. Starting 12 October, an online environment for standards developers in which they can work efficiently and collaboratively was made available to IEC/ISO pilot groups. This achievement could not have been a success without the contribution of the IEC reference group and ISO external user groups.

Feedback shaping the technology

IEC reference group and ISO external user groups were exposed to the new tool and provided their vital user experience and feedback to help the IEC/ISO project team include all the necessary features of the tool to ensure a successful experience for the next group of users: the pilot groups. Much has already been incorporated and will continue to be worked on to address the needs of standards authors.

Participants commented:

“Formula handwriting worked surprisingly well.”

“Everything worked pretty well, adding of references and cross references is a very nice feature.”

“I didn’t have to use the knowledge base, because after a while I found the functionality.”

“Great to have some rules indicated in the template”

Useful features which save time and increase accuracy

Authors who work on long standards documents with text, tables, graphics and other elements spend a lot of time on layout aspects using Word. For example, if sections of text or formulas are moved around, the subsequent renumbering must be done manually. The new tool offers auto-numbering which can save a lot of time and improve accuracy.

Referencing is made easy. Authors can add references to standards or other literature by browsing the catalogue and select an existing reference or add a new one, or search for the standard reference and type key words. The reference is inserted in the text and will be added automatically to the normative references or the bibliography.

Learn more about these features and follow the project here.

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