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authors Shaw, N. and Kimber, W.E.
year 1999
title STEP and SGML/XML: what it means, how it works
source XML Europe 99 Conference Proceedings, Graphic Communication Association, 1999, pp. 267-70
summary The STEP standard, ISO 10303, is the primary standard for data representation and interchange in the product design and manufacturing world. Originally designed to enable the interchange of 3-D CAD models between different systems, like SGML, it has defined and uses a general mechanism for representing and managing complex data of any type. Increasingly products are defined as solid models that are stored in product databases. These databases are not limited to shape but contain a considerable wealth of other information, such as materials, failure modes, task descriptions, product related meta-data such as approvals and much more. The product world is of course also replete with documents, from requirements through specifications to user manuals. These documents both act as input to the product development processes and are output as well. Indeed in some cases documents form part of the product and are given part numbers. It is therefore not surprising to find that there are many companies where there are very real requirements to interact and interoperate between the product data and documents, specifically in the form of SGML-based data. This paper reports on work in progress to bring the two worlds together. This is primarily being done through the SGML and Industrial Data Preliminary Work Item under ISO TC184/SC4. The need for common capabilities for using STEP and SGML together has been obvious for a long time as can be seen from the inclusion of product data and SGML-based data within initiatives such as CALS. However, until recently, this requirement was never satisfied, for various reasons. For the last year or more, a small group has been actively pursuing this area and gaining the necessary understandings across the different standards. It is this work that is reported here. The basic thrust of the work is to answer the questions: Can STEP and SGML be used together and, if so, how?
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