New document type: "Technical Standard"


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The descriptors of a "Technical Standard" are usually:
- the standard reference number. Sometimes standards have several parts (also standards) and this reference number might be something like "1991-1-3", which means "Standard number 1991, part 1-3";
- the title. Sometimes made by combination of the several parts (eg, "Eurocode 1: Actions on structures - Part 1-3: General actions - Snow loads"), or just simple like "Structural timber - determination of characteristic values of mechanical properties and density"
- the issuing organization. This can be ISO (, CEN (, ASTM (
- the publication date. Usualy just the year or, at the most, the month and the year.
- the standard reference code. Is made by joining the initials of the organizations which is publishing the standard or of the standard type (eg, "EN" for a CEN standard and "prEN" for a CEN standard draft), the standard reference number and the publication date. This leads to something like "EN 384:2004" (for EN standard number 384, published in 2004) or "ICC 400-2007" (for the International Code Council standard number 400, published in 2007). If the standard has an amendment, the reference code looks like "EN 1995-1-1:2004/A1:2008" (which stands for EN standard number 1995, part 1-1, published in 2004, amendment A1, published in 2008).

Some examples of standard references (ref. code + title + publishing organization + address + publishing year):

EN 1995-1-1:2004/A1:2008 - Eurocode 5: design of timber structures – Part 1-1: General – common rules and rules for buildings. CEN, Brussels. 2007.

EN 408:1995 - Timber structures - structural timber and glued laminated timber - determination of some physical and mechanical properties. CEN, Brussels. 1995.

ICC 400-2007 - Standard on the design and construction of log structures. International Code Council, Washington. 2007.

Is it possible/easy to implement this new document type? Any sugestions on how to use the existing document types for citing technical standards?

Thank you very much in advance!
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