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Glossary of Standard Terms

Addendum
An additional or supplemental publication that is added to an existing document, usually at the end (plural: addenda).

Amendment
An alteration to an existing document made by correction, addition, or deletion, usually to provide clarification or improvement.

Corrigendum
A list of corrections of errors in a book, document or other publication (plural: corrigenda).

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).

Erratum
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.

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.

ISBN (International Standard Book Number)
A unique, internationally utilized number code assigned to books for the purposes of identification and inventory control.

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.

Multi-user Access
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PDF (Portable Document Format)
An electronic file format available for immediate download that does not require FileOpen plug-in.

POD (Print on Demand)
A service that allows customers to request a printed version of a file from publishers that don't have rights to sell PDFs. Techstreet has remote access printing or access to these files. The files will be printed the same day as requested and shipped overnight.

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.

Redlines
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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.

SPDF (Secure Portable Document Format)
A secure electronic file available for immediate download that contains features preventing reproduction or distribution to other users. SPDF files require the FileOpen plug-in to be installed in order to open and read the document.

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Single-user license
Authorizes use of a document by one user on one computer.

Standard
A universally agreed-upon set of guidelines for interoperability.

Subscription
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Supplement
A part added to or issued as a continuation of a publication to correct errors or make additions.

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.


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