Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Dot gov

The .gov means it’s official.
Federal government websites often end in .gov or .mil. Before sharing sensitive information, make sure you’re on a federal government site.


The site is secure.
The https:// ensures that you are connecting to the official website and that any information you provide is encrypted and transmitted securely.

An Overview of the Product Data Hyperstandard CD-ROM Prototype



Sanford P. Ressler


The paper describes the contents of the Product Data HyperStandard CD-ROM Prototype containing information related to product data standards. HyperStandard is a generic term describing the application of hypertext and multimedia technologies to standards in general. The CD-ROM contains both browsers for perusing the documents, and a number of other items of interest to the product data community. These include: IGES Version 5; the CALS specifications; preliminary STEP drafts, PDES, Inc. technical documents; the NIST PDES Toolkit; plus miscellaneous other pieces of information. (The sources of data for the document browsers on the CD-ROM prototype were the original electronic documents used to print those documents.) All of these data combined should serve as a useful repository of information for the community of technical experts developing product data standards. This variety of information has been assembled to demonstrate that CD-ROM''s are a convenient and cost-effective medium for use by the people involved in product data standardization efforts.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 4470
Report Number


CD-ROM Prototype, INC., PDES, product data hyperstandard, STEP
Created January 1, 1990, Updated November 10, 2018