Re:tech writing standards

Subject: Re:tech writing standards
From: "Damien Braniff" <Damien -dot- Braniff -at- asg -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2005 08:30:35 +0100

Here are a few standards (from ISTC web site) that may be of
use/interest. Mix of general and tech comm standards plus info on where
you can get them. Bit British/European orientated but may still be

The following links to the various standards organisations web sites may
be used to search for and purchase copies of standards:

* National Occupational Standards -
* British Standards Institution (BSI) -
* International Organisation for Standardization (ISO)-
* International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)-
* European Commission for Standardization (CEN) -
* European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI)-
* American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-
* Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers -

* BS 5760 Reliability of systems, equipment and components (multipart
standard, 1986 - 2003).
* BS 7137,1989 Specification for user documentation and cover
information for consumer software packages.
* BS EN ISO 9001: Quality management systems (multipart standard).
* Quality management and quality assurance standards (multipart
standard, 1994 - 2000).
* ISO 9001 Quality management systems
* ISO/IEC 11581 - Information Technology - Icon symbols and functions
(multipart standard, parts 1, 2, 3 and 6 have been published).
* ISO/IEC 13251 - Information Technology - Collection of graphical
symbols for office equipment (in final development stage).
* BS ISO/IEC 14143-1:1998 Information technology. Software measurement.
Functional size measurement. Definition of concepts.
* ISO TS 16071:2003 - Guidance on accessibility for human-computer
* ISO/IEC 18035:2003 - Information technology - Icon symbols and
functions for controlling multimedia software applications.
* ISO/IEC 18036:2003 - Information technology - Icon symbols and
functions for World Wide Web browser toolbars.

* National Occupational Standards
* BS EN ISO 216:2001 - Writing paper and certain classes of printed
matter. Trimmed sizes. A and B series (replaced BS 4000:1983).
* BS 308-1.16:1997 (BS EN ISO 2203:1997) and BS 308-2.3:1995 (BS EN ISO
1660:1996) Technical Drawings.
* BS 308-1.17:1996 (BS EN ISO 2162.1:1996), BS 308-1.18:1996 (BS EN ISO
2162.2:1996) and BS 308-1.19:1996 (BS EN ISO 2162.3:1996) Technical
product documentation.
* BS 3700:1988 Recommendations for preparing the indexes to books,
periodicals and other documents.
* BS 3811:1993 Glossary of terms used in terotechnology.
* BS 4884 Technical manuals (three parts, 1992 - 1993).
* BS 4899 Guide to user's requirements for technical manuals (based on
the principles of BS 4884) (two parts, 1991 & 1992).
* BS 5097:1974 Specification for loose leaf binders. Ring binders with
metal mechanisms.
* BS 5261 Copy preparation and proof correction (three parts, 1976 -
* BS EN ISO 5261:1999 Technical drawings. Simplified representation of
bars and profile sections.
* BS 5444:1977 Recommendations for preparation of copy for microcopying.
* BS 5605:1990 Recommendations for citing and referencing published
* BS 5641:1982 Recommendations for loose-leaf publications.
* BS 5775 (ISO 31) Specification for quantities, units and symbols
(multipart standard).
* BS 7581:1992 Guide to presentation of tables and graphs.
* IEEE 1063:2001 - Standard for software user documentation
* ISO 216:2001 - Sizes of paper and board - Specification for A and B
series of trimmed sizes of writing paper and certain classes of printed
* ISO 6357:1985 Recommendations for the presentation of spine titles.
* ISO/IEC 6592:2000, Information Technology, Guidelines for the
documentation of computer-based application systems.
* ISO/IEC 9127:1988 User documentation and cover information for
consumer software packages (under revision).
* ISO/IEC TR 9294: 2005 - Guidelines for the management of software
documentation (see overview on page 48 of the Communicator, Spring
* ISO/IEC 15910:1999, Information technology - Software user
documentation process (based upon Australian/New Zealand standard AS/NZS
* ISO/IEC 18019 Software and systems engineering - Guidelines for the
design and preparation of user documentation for application software
(replaces BS 7649 and BS 7830).
* BS EN 80416 - Basic principles for graphical symbols for use on
equipment (4 part standard, parts 1, 2 and 3 have been published.)

Aviation industry standards
* BS 5750 - Quality Systems, Part 1 - Specification for
Design/Development, Production, Installation and Servicing.
* ISO 9001 - Quality Systems - Model for Quality Assurance in
Design/Development, Production, Installation and Servicing.
* BS 5261 - Part 2 - Approved Marks Symbology for Text Proofreading and

Damien Braniff | Technical Writer
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