ISO/IEC 15445 a.k.a ISO-HTML
- Developed by ISO/IEC JTC1/WG4. Editors are
David M Abrahamson, NSAI (Ireland)
Roger Price, Afnor (France)
- Final Committee Draft is at http://purl.org/NET/ISO+IEC.15445/FinalCD.html.
- User's Guide (not an ISO/IEC text) is at http://purl.org/NET/ISO+IEC.15445/Users-Guide.html.
- National Body approvals:
Final CD -> DIS -> International Standard.
- ISO-HTML makes normative reference to the core of W3C HTML 4.0.
- Any document which conforms to ISO-HTML also conforms to the W3C
Recommendation for HTML 4.0 (strict). I.e. ISO-HTML is a subset of
Key Features of ISO-HTML
- Stable core for W3C 4.0 Recommendation.
- Reinforce W3C text.
``recommends'' -> ``requires''.
``deprecates'' -> ``forbids''.
- Reinforce separation of content and style by excluding all
elements such as FONT and attributes such as BGCOLOR.
- Distinguish between ``conforming'' and ``validating'' systems.
- Facilitate use of HTML when ISO/IEC International Standards are
required, eg. government procurement.
- Provide basis for contracts which make reference to HTML.
Close cooperation between W3C and JTC1
- JTC1/WG4 is pleased to cooperate with W3C.
- JTC1/WG4 recognizes W3C's leadership role in HTML.
- JTC1/WG4 is optimistic about the long term future of HTML.
- JTC1/WG4 looks forward to continued close cooperation with W3C.
The Future of HTML
- Maintain stability in the core language
(ie. features referenced in ISO-HTML).
- Pay more attention to issues concerning conformity and validation.
- As new features are introduced, phase out backward compatibility
- Provide closer integration with cooperating standards (eg. CSS/2).
David M. Abrahamson, Trinity College Dublin.
Roger Price, University of Massachusetts, Lowell