Information Technology


 ISO/IEC JTC 1 N6361

 Date: 2000-12-12


Document Type: Information from SC Secretariat

Document Title: ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC35/WG 3 New Proposal for a Technical Report on Framework for user interfaces standards

 Document Source: SC 35 Secretariat

 Project Number:

 Document Status: Per SC 35 Québec resolution 13, this document has been forwarded to SC 35

Member bodies for NP ballot and to JTC 1 for information. Any JTC 1 NB comments should be sent to the JTC 1 Secretariat by the due date indicated.

 Action ID: COM

 Due Date: 2001-03-15

 No. of Pages: 6





Secretariat, ISO/IEC JTC 1, American National Standards Institute, 11 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036;

Telephone: 1 212 642 4932; Facsimile: 1 212 840 2298; Email: lrajchel@ansi.org

ISO/IEC JTC1/SC 35 – User Interfaces SC35N0214











Document type NP for a type 3 Technical report


Title New Proposal for a Technical Report on Framework for user interfaces standards

Source ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC35/WG 3

Date assigned 2000-11-22

Status Per Québec resolution 13, this document is forwarded to SC 35 Member bodies for NP ballot and to JTC 1 for information.

Action Identifier For ballot by SC 35 P-members and comments to be returned to Secretariat not later than 15th March 2000

No of pages 5




Date of presentation of proposal:


AFNOR (France)

ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 35 N0214

ISO/IEC JTC 1 N 6361

To be concurrently submitted to the secretariat of the ISO/IEC JTC1 with a copy to the ISO Central Secretariat.

Title Framework for User Interface standards

Scope: This Technical Report will document the generic structure and features of interfaces between human users and information technology equipment.

The TR will take a layered approach in order to identify and classify user interface elements as being either within the auspices of standardisation – subdivided into elements within the scope of SC 35 and elements belonging to other JTC 1/SCs – or elements which should be left to user interface manufacturers.

Purpose and justification

The Programme of Work of JTC 1/SC 35 consists today of a mixture of work items which mainly originate from the different predecessors of SC 35.
SC 35 has on this background identified a need for a generic description of the structure, functions and interaction of the elements within information technology user interfaces in order to map existing standards and work items, and, hence, to enable proper evaluation of the need for new work.
An agreed model (or umbrella) for the human-computer interface standardisation can also provide the necessary guidance  both to users of user interface standards, SC 35 itself and National Bodies in understanding the subject and evaluating the market relevance of each work item.

Programme of work

If the proposed new work item is approved, which of the following document(s) is (are) expected to be developed?

_____ a single International Standard more than one International Standard (expected number: ........ )

_____ a multi-part International Standard consisting of _ parts:

_____ an amendment or amendments to the following International Standard(s) ....................................

__X__ a technical report, type 3...........

Relevant documents to be considered

To be provided

Co-operation and liaison

Preparatory work offered with target date(s)

Current targets: First drafts to be submitted before 2001-05-01. PDTR registration and ballot 2001-11, DTR ballot 2002-11. Birger Jacobsen, from Danish Standard, is volunteering to serve as coordinating project editor.


Will the service of a maintenance agency or registration authority be required? No.

Are there any known requirements for coding? No.

Are there any known requirements for cultural and linguistic adaptability? Yes. This technical report directly involves cultural and linguistic adaptability issues.

Does the proposed standard concern known patented items? No.

Comments and recommendations of the JTC 1 Secretariat - attach a separate page as an annex, if necessary

Comments with respect to the proposal in general, and recommendations thereon:
It is proposed to assign this new item to JTC 1/SC 35

Voting on the proposal

According to a current JTC1 trial, this NP will be sent to SC35 member bodies for a 4-month letter ballot and be sent simultaneously to JTC1 secretariat for information. The vote is to be held at the JTC1 level only if there are objections at this level after submission to the JTC1 Secretariat. According to the year 2000 Tromsø JTC1 Plenary resolution 24, JTC1 National Bodies are reminded that it is still their responsibility to review and check each NP especially on its scope and assignment, inconsistencies or overlaps with other JTC 1 products, and market relevance).

Date of circulation:

Closing date for voting:

Signature of JTC 1 Secretary:
Lisa A. Rajchel









A Business Requirement



A.1 Market Requirement

Essential ___
Desirable _X__
Supportive ___


A.2 Regulatory Context

Essential __
Desirable ___
Supportive ___
Not Relevant _X_


B. Related Work



B.1 Completion/Maintenance of current standards

Yes ___


B.2 Commitment to other organisation

Yes ___


B.3 Other Source of standards

Yes _X__

JTC1 and ISO I.S.’s concerned with user interface elements will be referenced (to begin with some produced by JTC1/SC35)

C. Technical Status



C.1 Mature Technology

Yes __


C.2 Prospective Technology

Yes ___


C.3 Models/Tools

Yes _X__

 The TR intends to document a model of a generic user interface

D. Conformity Assessment and Interoperability



D.1 Conformity Assessment

Yes ___


D.2 Interoperability

Yes _X__

One of the goals of the TR is to assure consistence amongst existing and forthcoming user interface standards

E. Other Justification



Notes to Proforma

A. Business Relevance. That which identifies market place relevance in terms of what problem is being solved and or need being addressed.

A.1. Market Requirement. When submitting a NP, the proposer shall identify the nature of the Market Requirement, assessing the extent to which it is essential, desirable or merely supportive of some other project.

A.2 Technical Regulation. If a Regulatory requirement is deemed to exist - e.g. for an area of public concern e.g. Information Security, Data protection, potentially leading to regulatory/public interest action based on the use of this voluntary international standard - the proposer shall identify this here.

B. Related Work. Aspects of the relationship of this NP to other areas of standardization work shall be identified in this section.

B.1 Competition/Maintenance. If this NP is concerned with completing or maintaining existing standards, those concerned shall be identified here.

B.2 External Commitment. Groups, bodies, or fora external to JTC1 to which a commitment has been made by JTC for cooperation and or collaboration on this NP shall be identified here.

B.3 External Std/Specification. If other activities creating standards or specifications in this topic area are known to exist or be planned, and which might be available to JTC1 as PAS, they shall be identified here.

C. Technical Status. The proposer shall indicate here an assessment of the extent to which the proposed standard is supported by current technology.

C.1 Mature Technology. Indicate here the extent to which the technology is reasonably stable and ripe for standardization.

C.2 Prospective Technology. If the NP is anticipatory in nature based on expected or forecasted need, this shall be indicated here.

C.3 Models/Tools. If the NP relates to the creation of supportive reference models or tools, this shall be indicated here.

D. Any other aspects of background information justifying this NP shall be indicated here.

D. Conformity Assessment and Interoperability

D.1 Indicate here if Conformity Assessment is relevant to your project. If so, indicate how it is addressed in your project plan.

D.2 Indicate here if Interoperability is relevant to your project. If so, indicate how it is addressed in your project plan.