Standards Watch

For Specialists: Thai Transliteration

A systematic review ballot of the published standard, ISO 11940, Information and documentation – Transliteration of Thai has been announced by NISO. “Since there are fewer Roman characters than Thai characters, diacritical marks, punctuation marks, and a combination of two Roman characters, or a digraph, are needed to represent one Thai character.”

Cindy Hepfer, ALA Voting Representative to NISO, reminds us that our vote options are: Confirm (as is), Revise/Amend, Withdraw (the standard), or Abstain (from the vote). Comments are required for all votes other than Confirm. As usual, ALA is not voting on the standard itself but rather is providing feedback to NISO as to whether to approve or disapprove the standard. NISO will review and consider the feedback that it receives prior to submitting the US vote.

ALA members interested in reviewing the standard should apply directly to Cindy at (please confirm to her that you’re an ALA member, and copy me on the request, please: Cindy’s deadline for input is no later than: Nov. 26, 2008.

Diane Hillmann
LITA Standards Coordinator