ISO/IEC JTC 1
ISO/IEC JTC 1 N 4575
Request for Information from National Bodies and Subcommittee Secretariats concerning Plans for Server-based Document Distribution
JTC 1 Secretariat
The JTC 1 Ad Hoc requests the JTC 1 Secretariat to circulate JTC 1 N 4575 requesting information from NBs and SC Secretariats concerning their plans for moving to server based document distribution. This information is to be submitted by May 20, 1997.
ACTION ID: ACT
DUE DATE: 1997.05.20
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JTC 1 N 4575
Request for Information from National Bodies and Subcommittee
Secretariats concerning Plans for Server-based Document Distribution
At its 10-13 December 1996 Plenary meeting in Paris, JTC 1 endorsed
the timeline for its implementation of Information Technology
with a target date of September 1997 for server-based document
distribution. The timeline calls for JTC 1 and Subcommittee Secretariats
to maintain all current documents on line beginning no later than
September 1997. Diskette distribution will be phased out by December
1997. Documents will only be available by other media, e.g.,
paper on an exception basis.
For additional information, refer to the following documents:
Server-based Document Distribution Scenario:
For a description of the initial Web-based mode of operation for
document distribution, refer to Attachment to this document.
Status Request of National Bodies and SC Secretariats
For planning purposes, the JTC 1 Ad Hoc on the Strategy for Implementation
of IT, is requesting answers to the following questions related
to their plans for server-based document distribution.
National Bodies are requested to answer Question 1; SC Secretariats
are requested to answer Questions 2 and 3.
The Ad Hoc will compile the results and provide them to JTC 1
for an overall status of the implementation.
1. At the JTC 1 level and for which SCs are you prepared to obtain
documents from servers rather than via diskette or paper distribution
by September 1997? If not, indicate when (for JTC 1 and SCs)
when (month/year) you will be able to do so.
2. Are you prepared now to distribute documents via server? If
not, when (month/year) will you be able to do so?
3. Are your members (e.g., NB Contacts, Committee Officers, Category A Liaisons) able to obtain documents via server?
In this document, a number of statements are made and questions
posed about the World Wide Web based operation (initial phase)
of the ISO/IEC JTC 1 committee and its reporting subcommittees.
These statements and questions assume a mode of operation of
JTC 1 and its SCs which can be summarized as follows:
a) Distribution of documents from an SC Secretariat* shall be
by means of a World Wide Web (WWW) based repository operated either
by the SC Secretariat or another responsible body appointed by
b) The repository as defined in a) may comprise a mixture of directly
viewable web-based files (e.g. those in HTML format), documents
viewable through the linking of other viewing capabilities (e.g.
PDF files) and files which need to be downloaded before viewing
(e.g. revisable-form documents such as Word and WordPerfect documents).
c) The mixture of document availability as described in b) will
vary from SC to SC as a reflection of their own requirements and
usage, but SCs should bear in mind their collective responsibility
to minimize the burden of differing mechanisms placed on National
Bodies for verification and further distribution.
d) The provision of input documents (as NB contributions, responses,
committee officer documents, etc.) shall continue under existing
arrangements (e.g. diskette, e-mail with attachments, etc.).
Web-based input mechanisms are permitted where already in place,
but will be the subject of further proposals for SCs which do
not currently use such a method.
*For the purposes of this description the term SC Secretariat
shall mean the JTC 1 Secretariat and the secretariats of all its
reporting SCs unless otherwise explicitly approved by JTC 1.