Standards development within the Information Technology sector is harmonized with international standards development. Through the CSA Technical Committee on Information Technology (TCIT), Canadians serve as the Canadian Advisory Committee (CAC) on ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee 1 on Information Technology (ISO/IEC JTC1) for the Standards Council of Canada (SCC), the ISO member body for Canada and sponsor of the Canadian National Committee of the IEC. Also, as a member of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Canada participates in the International Telegraph and Telephone Consultative Committee (ITU-T).
This International Standard was reviewed by the CSA TCIT under the jurisdiction of the Strategic Steering Committee on Information Technology and deemed acceptable for use in Canada. (A committee membership list is available on request from the CSA Project Manager.) From time to time, ISO/IEC may publish addenda, corrigenda, etc. The CSA TCIT will review these documents for approval and publication. For a listing, refer to the CSA Information Products catalogue or CSA Info Update or contact a CSA Sales representative. This Standard has been formally approved, without modification, by the Technical Committee and has been approved as a National Standard of Canada by the Standards Council of Canada.
ISO/IEC 11581 applies to software products providing office applications such as document production, desktop publishing, finance, and planning that present their functions via a graphical user interface.
ISO/IEC 11581 applies to software products for people who are familiar with office work but who are at present not necessarily familiar with computer-based applications.
ISO/IEC 11581 is meant to be used by persons involved in the design, implementation, and evaluation of icons for graphical user interfaces to computer-based office applications, and by procurers of systems that employ such interfaces.
Other parts of ISO/IEC 11581 contain:
- graphics of commonly used icons, and
- descriptions of the functionality of the icons.
This part of ISO/IEC 11581-1 provides a framework for the development and design of icons and their application on screens capable of displaying graphics as well as text.
- general requirements and recommendations for icons;
-global variations to the graphical representations of icons.