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ANSI standards on-line

The American National Standards Institute, in its continuing effort to move toward electronic document distribution, has begun delivering its Standards Action newsletter solely via the Web, eliminating the hard-copy version.

Among other standards, the newsletter contains proposed packaging standards, as well as calls for comments. The newsletters are available at, which lists recent newsletters that contain proposed standards that are still within the 60-day comment period. Back issues are available on-line, but to ANSI members only. The newsletters are in Portable Document Format (PDF), a universal, cross-platform format. Free software that can read PDF files can be downloaded from the site. Though ANSI doesn't provide the ability to comment via its Web site, e-mail addresses for contacts are listed within the newsletter, according to the organization.

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