Standards Processing 2000by Dana J. Vanier, Natl Research Council Canada, Ottawa, Canada,
J. Russell Thomas, Natl Research Council Canada, Ottawa, Canada,
Jamie L. Worling, Natl Research Council Canada, Ottawa, Canada,
Abstract: Current software applications fall short of meeting user requirements for `intelligent' electronic access to building codes and standards. Hypertext is a useful tool, but it only assists users in text browsing and searching. More sophisticated techniques are available, but few applications exist as commercial products. Information technologies should be seen as an opportunity for building code users and code writing bodies, not as a problem. The authors feel that building code writing bodies are an essential component in the production of `intelligent' building code information. All code writing bodies are therefore encouraged to investigate the maintenance and publication of electronic documents, their future may depend on it. This paper describes the standards processing activities of the Institute for Research in Construction of the National Research Council of Canada including the use of the Standard Generalized Markup Language, tools to support the code writing activities, and tools for building code users such as the MiniCode Generator.
Subject Headings: Smart buildings | Building codes | Writing skills | Information management | Information systems | Construction equipment | Data processing | Canada | North America
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