|How to Use ASTM Standards Development Templates
To make easier to write a new ASTM standard, Draft Standards Templates
are available online. ASTM Standards Editors Rich Wilhelm and
Kathy Peters tell you how the templates can help you.
You have identified the need for a new standard and a task group
has been formed and approved by the subcommittee. All the information
you need to write an ASTM standard is sitting right in front of
you. But where do you begin? Start at the ASTM Web site. Putting together any type of ASTM standard is now easier than
ever thanks to the ASTM Draft Standard Templates.
Templates have been created for each type of standard (test method,
specification, guide/practice, classification, and terminology).
Once the templates have been downloaded, it is easy to use them
to shape your standard in accordance with the Form and Style for
ASTM Standards manual (the Blue Book), also available on the
Web site. This is important because a standard written with the
template will not have any missing mandatory sections that could
adversely affect the balloting process.
No matter which type of standard is being written, all templates
share certain features. The most prominent feature of each template
is that certain section headings are in red type. Why? The red
type isnt merely decorativeit indicates that these are mandatory
sections for whichever type of standard you are creating. Other
headings (those not in red) can be deleted if theyre not applicable
to your standard. However, you must have a completed section for
each red heading.
What if you dont see a heading that you want in the template?
No problem. If a more specialized section is needed in your standard,
simply add it by typing it into the appropriate spot in the template.
All templates have an auto-numbering feature.
In addition to auto-numbering, there are four special-function
buttons that were created especially for ASTM templates.
Update: This button initiates a pop-up window that prompts you
for the draft title, committee jurisdiction, and subcommittee
jurisdiction. This information is then inserted automatically
into Footnote 1 of the draft. The information given in the pop-up
window may be updated at any time by pressing the Update Button.
Create Table: This button will create a table in ASTM style, based
on your specifications, and insert it at the end of the draft.
If table data has already been completed in another file, the
table may be manually inserted or pasted at the end of the draft
without using this button.
Insert In-Text Table: This button will create an in-text table,
in ASTM style, based on your specifications, and insert it directly
after the introductory text.
Insert Figure: This button will insert electronic figures from
your computer at the end of the draft. Figures should follow tables,
and should be inserted after all tables have been created, when
Creating an ASTM standard can be rewarding but frustrating at
the same time. Using these new templates can remove the frustration
factor, resulting in standards that conform to ASTM style and
move successfully through the balloting, editing, and production
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