NISO Standards Tag Suite (STS)
Supporting Materials

The NISO Z39.102-201X Standard Tag Suite (STS) contains the rules of the (proposed draft) standard.

The NISO STS proposed standard was open for public comment from April 24, 2017 to May 24, 2017. During May and June, the Working Group is responding to the public comments and preparing materials for the STS Committee Vote. Information on the project is available from NISO at the NISO STS Workroom.

However, NISO STS, like many XML applications, is a complex application, and will be challenging to implement without additional documentation beyond what is in the standard.

On this site we provide non-normative supporting material for STS. This supporting material includes:

  • Tag Library
    • Descriptions of each element and attribute (identical to those in the standard)
    • Remarks on many of the elements and attributes, intended to help users distinguish between similar structures and use the structures correctly
    • Examples showing most of the structures tagged in context
    • Chapters describing, for example, how to use the tag library, the document elements provided in the standard, selecting the appropriate NISO STS Tag Set, and NISO STS common tagging practices such as options for encoding Terms and Definitions sections
    • An index, to help users navigate this complex material
    • Hierarchy diagrams, which provide graphical illustrations of the structure of the more complex elements in NISO STS
    • A context table, showing where each element may be used
  • DTD, XSD, and RNG schemas for each of the tag sets
  • An example of a standard tagged using NISO STS (coming soon)