Document Reference Designation

A pre-constructed, formatted reference to the standard that is used for display purposes (such as online display or assembling PDF), particularly when an editorial variant of the designation is needed for rendering.


A typical <doc-ref> element includes the standard’s designator and other information such as the language of the standard, e.g., “ISO 2560:2009(en)”. While it would usually be possible to construct the <doc-ref> from the content of other metadata elements, the pre-combined <doc-ref> form provides a convenience for rendering, without resorting to a transform or hardcoding editorial rules.

Related Elements

Contrast this with the metadata element <std-ref>, which gives a reference form of identifier for a standard, typically the designator. In some cases, a <doc-ref> will contain the same content as one of the <std-ref>s; in other cases <doc-ref> may be a slight variant. (Note that there can be several <std-ref>s, such as dated and undated forms, distinguished by the @type attribute.)


Model Description

Text, numbers, or special characters, zero or more

This element may be contained in:


 <std-ref type="undated">ISO 2560</std-ref>
 <std-ref type="dated">ISO 2560:2009</std-ref>
 <doc-ref>ISO 2560:2009(en)</doc-ref>
 <release-date iso-8601-date="2009-05-30"