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August 15, 2011

IEEE Unveils Redline Versions of Standards to Compare Old and New Standards

The IEEE (News - Alert) Standards Association (IEEE-SA), a technical professional association dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity, has announced the general availability of IEEE Redline Versions of Standards, which provides a way to compare changes between an active standard and the previous approved version.

IEEE Redline Versions of Standards, according to a statement from IEEE, enables professionals to read only the parts of a revised standard. Additions, deletions, and other formatting or content changes between the two versions are clearly marked. Users can make necessary changes to their procedures and products with maximum speed and efficiency.

IEEE is making available individual Base + Redline bundles for sale in the IEEE Standards Store. Each bundle contains the active standard and the redline version.

IEEE Redline Versions of Standards are offered in select IEEE online subscriptions without any additional cost.

This development is significant for the industry as standardization faces several challenges. The IEEE Standards Association, a globally recognized standards-setting body within IEEE, develops consensus standards through an open process that engages industry and brings together a broad stakeholder community.

Recently, IEEE announced that it proposed a standard-making process for key smart grid fiber-optic components. The IEEE announced the formation of three working groups, namely – IEEE P1591.1, IEEE P1591.2, and IEEE P1591.3 – in order to develop technology standards.  

Proposed standard IEEE P1591.1 deals with Testing and Performance of Hardware for Optical Ground Wire (OPGW). It enables the best use of OPGW by assuring that users will have complete and accurate information about the types of hardware, specifications for hardware, and acceptance testing for qualifying hardware.

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Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf

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