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Subject: Re: [office] ISO formatting rules


robert_weir@us.ibm.com wrote:
> Just following up on an action item.
> ISO/IEC Directives, Part 2 "Rules for the structure and drafting of 
> international standards" is the style guideline we'll need to follow 
> in ODF 1.2.  Under PAS submission rules, our first submission did not 
> need to adhere to these rules, but subsequent submissions are not 
> excepted.
> It can be downloaded from here: 
>  http://www.iec.ch/tiss/iec/Directives-Part2-Ed5.pdf
> In particular, note the following:
> -- Section 5.2 has important info on how clauses are numbered, and why 
> things like "hanging paragraphs" are deprecated.
> -- Annex H "Verbal forms for the expression of provisions" has the 
> rules for using "shall", "shall not", etc.
> -- Annex I should be looked at for OpenFormula for whenever we refer 
> to units of measurement, such as the CONVERT() function
> If you have any questions, ask Patrick  ;-)
Gee, thanks! ;-)

Actually the less I have to change editorially the quicker the work will go.

BTW, I got word from ISO today that "draw:page" is an acceptable 
cross reference. In a listing of cross references there is no need to 
have "See/see" or even parens around the reference (in a listing of 
references). Still need the parens in a sentence were the name is not 
explicitly used. We distinguish the cross references by style anyway and 
the "See/see," the usual "-" and parens are legacy formatting practices.

That may not sound like much but when you consider that ODF 1.2 will 
have literally thousands of cross references it starts to make a real 
difference both in terms of the presentation as well as in recording the 

Hope you are having a great day!

> -Rob
> _________________________
> Rob Weir
> Software Architect
> Workplace, Portal and Collaboration Software
> IBM Software Group
> email: robert_weir@us.ibm.com
> phone: 1-978-399-7122
> blog: http://www.robweir.com/blog/ 

Patrick Durusau
Chair, V1 - US TAG to JTC 1/SC 34
Acting Convener, JTC 1/SC 34/WG 3 (Topic Maps)
Co-Editor, ISO/IEC 13250-1, 13250-5 (Topic Maps)
Co-Editor, OpenDocument Format (OASIS, ISO/IEC 26300)

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