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An additional or supplemental publication that is added to an existing document, usually at the end (plural: addenda).
AENOR (Spanish Association for Standardization and Certification)
A member of IEC and ISO, develops and publishes standards designated UNE or UNE EN.
AFNOR (Association Française de Normalisation)
The French national organization for standardization and is that country's ISO member body.
An alteration to an existing document made by correction, addition, or deletion, usually to provide clarification or improvement.
ANSI (American National Standards Institute)
ANSI serves as administrator and coordinator of the United States private sector voluntary standardization system and is the U.S. representative to ISO and IEC.
AS (Australian Standards)
Published and distributed by SAI Global under license from Standards Australia, to benefit and promote national interest and support of Australian design and innovation.
BSI (British Standards Institution)
A member of ISO and IEC, BSI publishes best practice solutions and standards for a number of industries in the UK and worldwide.
A list of corrections of errors in a book, document or other publication (plural: corrigenda).
DIN (Deutsches Institut für Normung e.V.)
The German Institute for Standardization) is the German national organization for standardizaiton and is that country's ISO member body.
DIS (Draft International Standard)
A standard that is being distributed for public review in draft format, prior to official publication and release.
DRM (Digital Rights Management)
Refers to technologies used by publishers or copyright owners to control access to or usage of digital data or hardware, and to restrictions associated with a specific instance of a digital work or device.
Download (file download)
To transfer a digital file electronically, from one computer to another.
EN (European Normalization)
Standards that have been adopted and approved for use in the European Union receive the designation EN.
Enterprise License
Multi-user access to a custom set of controlled documents delivered electronically in PDF format from a central server via web browser (see Subscription).
A statement of an error and its correction inserted, usually on a separate page or slip of paper, in a book or other publication; corrigendum (plural: errata).
FDIS (Final Draft International Standard)
The final draft of an international standard that is being distributed for public review prior to final publication.
File Open
A 3rd party plug-in that has to be installed in order to open and read SPDFs (secure PDFs).
Hard Copy
A printed version of a document.
ICC (International Code Council)
A membership association that develops the building safety and fire prevention codes used to construct residential and commercial buildings.
ICS (International Classification for Standards)
An international classification system for technical standards. It is designed to cover every economic sector and virtually every activity where technical standards may be used.
IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission)
The international standards and conformity assessment for government, business, and society for all electrical, electronic, and related technologies.
ISBN (International Standard Book Number)
A unique, internationally utilized number code assigned to books for the purposes of identification and inventory control.
ISO (International Organization for Standardization)
An international standard-setting body composed of representatives from various national standards organizations, forming a network of national standards institutes from approximately 157 countries.
International Adoption
International standards organizations such as ISO or IEC develop standards for use in international applications. EN, the European Normalization group may adopt the standard as a European "norm," which is a standard that can be applied within the EU. This would then be designed EN ISO. National standards organizations such as BSI or DIN may then adopt the standard as a national standard, to be applied specifically within that nation's boundaries. An ISO standard adopted as a European Norm (EN), than adopted as a British national standard would be designated BS EN ISO. The same standard may also be adopted as a German national standard and designated DIN EN ISO. The two standards, BS EN ISO and DIN EN ISO may be identical except for the language in which they are printed.
JIS (Japanese Industrial Standards)
Specifies the standards used for industrial activities in Japan.
Multi-user Access
See Enterprise License and Subscription
PDF (Portable Document Format)
An electronic file format available for immediate download that does not require FileOpen plug-in.
Printed edition
A code, standard, technical report or other document in hard copy or paper format.
(R with date)
This symbol means that a standard has been reaffirmed. Reaffirmation means that the standard has been reviewed and allowed to stand without revision. The original version is still the valid, in-force version of the standard.
RP (Recommended Practice)
A document that provides recommended methods and guidelines for a particular process.
A redline document shows additions, deletions, and other formatting or content changes between two different versions of the same document.
SDO (Standards Developing Organization)
Any entity whose primary activities are developing, coordinating, promulgating, revising, amending, reissuing, interpreting, or otherwise maintaining standards that address the interests of a wide base of users outside the standards developing organization.
A universally agreed-upon set of guidelines for interoperability.
Multi-user access to a custom set of controlled documents delivered electronically in PDF format from a central server via web browser (see Enterprise License).
TIR or TR (Technical Report)
An informative document containing technical information different from that published in a standard or normative document.
Withdrawn Standard
A withdrawn standard is one that is no longer maintained by a particular committee, i.e., no future updates. This does not mean that the technical content is no longer valid. Many withdrawn standards are still in use.
ZIP File
A data compression and archive format. A ZIP file contains one or more files that have been compressed to reduce file size, for easier transportation or storage.