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 these Committees and has been approved as a National Standard of Canada by the Standards Council of Canada
The purpose of the ITU-T Rec. T.410.Series | ISO/IEC 8613 is to facilitate the interchange of documents.
In the context of these Recommendations | International Standards, documents are to be items such as memoranda, letters, invoices, forms and reports, which may include pictures and tabular material. The content elements used within the documents may include graphic characters, raster graphics elements and geometric graphics elements, all potentially within one document.
NOTE - These Recommendations | International Standards are designed to allow for extensions, including hypermedia features, spreadsheets and additional types of content such as audio and video.
In addition to the content types defined in these Recommendations | International Standards, ODA also provides for arbitrary content types to be included in documents.
These Recommendations | International Standards apply to the interchange of documents by means of data communication or the exchange of storage media.
These Recommendations | International Standards provide for the interchange of documents for either or both of the following purposes:
- to allow presentation as intended by the originator;
- to allow processing such as editing and reformatting.
The composition of a document in interchange can take several form:
- formatted form, allowing presentation of the document;
- processable form, allowing processing of the document;
- formatted processable form, allowing both presentation and processing.
These Recommendations | International Standards also provide for the interchange of ODA information structures used for the processing of interchanged documents.
This Recommendation | International Standard:
- extends the concepts of ODA beyond sheets of paper;
- describes how to specify temporal relationships for the presentation of information in ODA documents such as sequential, parallel or cyclic presentation of particular pieces of information;
- specifies a reference model for the layout process and presentation process in respect to temporal relationships;
- introduces the concepts of hypermedia documents where non-linear links between presentable content are provided;
- describes how to specify non-linear structures in an ODA document such as pieces of information as commonly found in
so-called hypermedia documents;
- introduces the concept of document sets;
- defines a document set profile for document sets;
- defines a reference document sets model for the layout process presentation process of hypermedia documents and document sets.