STANDARDS Link VOL 2 ISSUE 12 - Editorial Committee fro National Standards Receive Training
With a series of standards under development the Standards Development Department of the SLBS is engaging proposed editors for the national standards editorial committee.
New participants as well as those who have been involved in the editing process over the years met in November to review the terms and references of the editorial committee, review the best practices, roles and responsibilities of the editor in the standards development process
The development of national standards involves constant review, commenting and updating of documents for a period of 18 to 24 months by members of technical committees as well as the public. At the end of the process approved standards are to be reviewed by external editors to ensure that meaning is clearly conveyed, it is free from ambiguity, grammatical, typographical and other errors, consistent in terminology and forms of expression.
Head of the Standards Development Department Miss Tzarmallah Haynes says the process while typical in the work of editing, is critical for standards development. According to Miss Haynes, because of the requirements which govern the process of development of standards, an error in form, structure, format or the like has implications for the legality of the document. As such every output must be controlled in order to guarantee the results.