JTC 1/SC 34 - Document Description and Processing Languages

The updated information for ISO/IEC JTC1/SC34 can be found at http://www.jtc1sc34.org

This is the mirror home for the former Secretariat for ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC34 - Document Description and Processing Languages, administered by the Standards Council of Canada and managed by the Secretariat Manager, G. Ken Holman of Crane Softwrights Ltd. The Secretariat's Interim Report has detailed links below.


The Secretariat Manager has submitted his resignation and the Standards Council of Canada has given notice for relinquishing the SC34 Secretariat. If your national body is interested in undertaking the Secretariat Office responsibilities, please inform the JTC 1 Secretariat.

Please see JTC1 N8513 if you have JTC 1 document repository privileges.

1. Overview


Document Description and Processing Languages Standards and technical reports related to structured markup languages (specifically the Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML) and the Extensible Markup Language (XML)) in the areas of information description, processing and association.

The secretariat office is supported by the generous personal contributions of the following people:

  • MURATA Makoto (FAMILY Given) (2005)
  • Mr. Patrick Durusau (2004)

The secretariat office is also supported by the generous contributions of the following organizations (listed alphabetically):

This support is very much appreciated.

2. Upcoming work group and plenary meetings


See the calendar in the Secretariat Manager's Interim Report for dates of upcoming working group and plenary meetings.

The next plenary session is scheduled for March 22-24, 2007 in Oslo, Norway:

JTC 1/SC 34 and its working groups are scheduled to meet March 22 through 24 in Oslo, Norway held in conjunction with the Topic Maps 2007 conference. The web site has a hotel and venue information page.

The meeting is hosted by Bouvet, AS of Norway at Sandakerveien 24c, building D11, a 10-minute tram ride from the centre of Oslo. The hosts have indicated http://www.trafikanten.no/ has helpful instructions to make one's way to the meeting by public transport. SC34 thanks Bouvet for their generosity in supporting our meetings.

The opening plenary is scheduled for 2007-03-22 09:00. Tentatively the closing plenary is scheduled for 2007-03-24 14:00. Please watch this space for any last-minute chnges!

Delegates must register with the Secretariat Manager through their national body representative by being accredited to attend.

A formal meeting call is in document N0795.

The WG1 draft agenda is in document N0796.

The WG2 draft agenda is in document N0797.

The WG3 draft agenda is in document N0798.

Please watch this space for any last-minute updates ... in particular for any meeting room changes or last-minute schedule changes. Sometimes the time of the closing plenary is changed to accommodate the venue.

3. Secretariat's report


The subcommittee process revolves around the Secretariat's report that is periodically snapshot in the archives for historical record but evolves on a day-by-day (or even hour-by-hour sometimes) basis. The Secretariat's Interim Report should always be available in different forms at the following addresses:

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HTML file (~1Mb): http://www.jtc1sc34.org/document/secretariat_temp.html

Alternate forms:

WinZIP HTML file (~58K): http://www.jtc1sc34.org/document/secretariat_temp.zip
gz HTML file (~58K): http://www.jtc1sc34.org/document/secretariat_temp.gz
WinZIP XML sources (~34K): http://www.jtc1sc34.org/document/sc34.zip
gz XML sources (~34K): http://www.jtc1sc34.org/document/sc34.tar.gz

4. Document repository


The document register is maintained separately from the document repository, as the register records information about the documents and the repository contains the documents themselves. A few of the latest documents are summarized in RSS XML :


The document register is part of the Interim Secretariat's Report.

The official repository is found on this site, indexed by the following documents:

Note that the chairman has his own copies of files maintained at: http://www.y12.doe.gov/sgml/sc34

5. Committee scope


(JTC 1 June 1998 Resolution 19 Disbandment of JTC 1/WG 4 and Establishment of a New Subcommittee 34) This new SC will operate in the Technical Direction - Document Description Languages - with the following title and scope:

Title: Document Description and Processing Languages

Scope: Standardization in the field of document structures, languages and related facilities for the description and processing of compound and hypermedia documents, including:

6. Working groups


6.1. Markup Languages

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Working group detail

SC 34/WG 1 is responsible for information description languages, principally the Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML) and auxiliary standards relating to SGML subsets, APIs, testing and registration.

6.2. Information Presentation

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Working group detail

SC 34/WG 2 is responsible for producing standards for languages and resources for the description and processing of compound and hypermedia documents, including:

Working group home page: http://www.jtc1sc34.org/wg2

Registration Authority of ISO/IEC 10036 http://10036ra.org/

6.3. Information Association

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Working group detail

SC 34/WG 3 is responsible for producing standard architectures for information management and interchange based on ISO 8879, Standard Generalized Markup Language and related standards, including, but not limited to:

7. Work sandbox


A transient directory of on-going work projects is used by the Secretariat Manager for committee members:


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