May 22, 2022

A “Standard of Standards”: NISO Releases Draft STS: Standards Tag Suite for Public Comment

From the National Information Standards Organization (NISO):

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announces the release of a draft version of NISO Z39.102-201x, STS: Standards Tag Suite, for public comment. STS provides a common XML format that standards developers, publishers, and distributors can use to publish and exchange full-text content and metadata of standards. It is expected that this “standard for standards” will be published in the fall as an XML document marked up in the STS standard after comments on the draft version are addressed and it is approved by NISO Voting Members and by ANSI, the American National Standards Institute.

“Before STS, there were several DTDs used for tagging standard-type information. This variation impeded interoperability across standards and inhibited collaboration between our organizations,” said ASME Director of Publishing Technologies, Robert Wheeler, co-chair of NISO’s STS Working Group.


The NISO STS proposed standard is open for public comment from April 24, 2017 to May 24, 2017. The proposed standard, in PDF form, is available from NISO at All input is welcome. To comment, please go to and follow the described steps.

Read the Complete Announcement, with Additional Background/Links

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1. Recent NISO Teleconference About STS (.mp3)     

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