The publication of standards is a complex process involving committee authorship, multiple rounds of revision, and multi-format and multi-language production. eXtyles provides sophisticated tools for Word-based standard editing and XML-based standard production, and has been adopted as the editorial and XML solution of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

Inera offers eXtyles Word and XML solutions for national standards bodies (NSBs), standard development organizations (SDOs), and other creators and publishers of standards. Two particular solutions, eXtyles for ISO Network Members and eXtyles STS, provide proven, easy-to-use solutions that include (among other features):

  • Metadata capture and export
  • A unique, user-friendly interface for fast and accurate application of Word styles from an integrated document template
  • Tools to identify in-line references to other standards by their designations and ensure that normative references are cited in the text
  • Tools to check citations to bibliographic references and callouts to objects (e.g., figures, tables, boxes, equations, numbered sections)
  • URL Checking to validate web addresses
  • A validating export filter that produces ISO or NISO STS XML directly from Word with the click of a mouse
  • A critical, reliable step in a multi-format standard publishing workflow

Learn How You Can Get the Most Out of STS

To celebrate the release of the new NISO STS standard, Typefi and Inera hosted a weekly webinar series, featuring experts from Inera, Typefi, and standards organizations, on how you can best leverage NISO STS. Watch the webinar series here!

Additional Resources

XML Publication Workflows for Standards, an article by Inera CEO Bruce Rosenblum, is an overview of XML workflow options for standards bodies that includes an ISO case study. This article is reproduced with the permission of SES, the Society for Standards Professionals. The article was first published in Standards Engineering, the official SES Journal, Vol. 65, No. 6, November/December 2013. For subscription or membership information, contact SES at

In October 2017, NISO published the NISO Standards Tag Set (STS), ANSI/NISO Z39.102-2017, a specific tag set designed for standards publishing. The ISOSTS DTD, a JATS-based tag set developed by the International Standards Organization, formed the basis for this new standards DTD.

Co-chaired by Inera CEO Bruce Rosenblum and Robert Wheeler, Director of Publishing Technology at ASME, the 40-member international NISO STS Working Group worked for 2 years to develop this “standard for standards,” aligned with JATS and designed to promote interoperability and increase options for co-publication and distribution of standards (read more). The standard then underwent a public comment period, revisions, and votes by the STS Working Group, the NISO CCM Topic Committee, and the NISO membership.



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