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Starting Monday February 3rd, welcomes you with a brand new design and a more user-friendly interface. The changes we have implemented are based on feedback from our users and a wish on our part to provide good user experiences for more users.


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Standards Norway has adopted four new standards dealing with aspects of universal design. They will all potentially be important tools for ensuring equal access to goods and services in society.


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A total of 120 representatives participated at the BRM – ISO/IEC DIS 29500 on the file format Office Open XML (OOXML) in Geneva 25th – 29th February. 3600 comments from member countries were sorted in over 1000 comment groups. The Editor of the standard brought suggestions for solutions on all comment groups, and 200 of these where discussed and thoroughly addressed in the Plenary.


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After announcing that we changed the Norwegian vote on the proposal of OOXML (Office Open XML) from “No with comments” to “yes”, it was not unexpected to us that we would receive some criticism.


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Standards Norway has since 2004 had an action plan on universal design in standardization.


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The drilling standard, NORSOK D-010 Well integrity in drilling and well operations, that was recently launched, has already received considerable attention both nationally and internationally. Standards Norway received 2321 submissions from around the world when the standard was on enquiry.


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Last week Standard Norway hosted a study visit for seven representatives of Cypriot standardization. They were here to learn about how we organize and carry out standardization work in Norway.


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Some 26 CEOs of ISO's national bodies are women. In an article in ISO Focus 4-2013 six of them talk about their careers to date, live at the top and the role of women in standardization. One of them is Managing Director of Standards Norway, Trine Tveter.


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Natural disasters, terrorist attacks and accidents emphasize the need for systems to prevent and to handle challenging situations.


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Whether listening to a concert, or working in an open plan office, getting the acoustics right is important. The ISO 3382 series on Acoustics – Measurement of room acoustic parameters, is raising acoustic standards in performance spaces, open plan offices and other types of room.


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