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2. Overview (DocSII)
Asian countries have a long tradition of their own writing and documentation,and, at the same time, a strong appetite for integrating their cultural heritage with the emerging information communication technology. Human readable electronic documents have to be rendered with an appropriate document style/layout. When interchanging the documents, the document style/layout is often requested to be preserved. Style specification and interchange can be performed by using standard style languages, such as DSSSL or XSL. However, actual style specification using those languages requires enough knowledge about style/layout rules which are significantly based on the cultural background. Today's document creation and interchange, preserving style/layout face to this difficulty. It is truly experienced when Japanese companies establish their business in the Asian countries.
This project intends to collects style/layout rules employed in Asian countries and systematically classify the formatting objects. Then to create a “style language library”. By using the library, style specification can be carried out without particular expertise of style/layout rules and style languages. The library is to be submitted to ISO for international approval. The internationally standardized library will contribute to all document users in the world.
The Center of the International Cooperation for Computerization (CICC), has launched the Project of Document Style Standardization for Information Interchange (DocSII). DocSII collects document style/layout rules employed in Asian countries to extract formatting objects from the rules and systematically classify the formatting objects. Then create a style language library. (It will be done by several special experts of style specification languages, who will work in the background of DocSII.) After drafting the library, DocSII will submit the library to the ISO/IEC JTC1/SC34 requesting an international approval. The DocSII project has already conducted a series of surveys in some selected Asian countries. It visited Lao PDR and Singapore in 2002, and Thailand and Mongolia in 2003.
Documentation, Document Style, Layout, System, Network, International
Standards, Technology, International, Information, Multilingual, Standard,
Culture, Character, Composition, DTP, Style Specification, Style Specification
Language, DSSSL, XSL, XSLT, ISO/IEC JTC1/SC34, W3C