Institute for Telecommunication Sciences
the research laboratory of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration

William J. Ingram; Evelyn M. Gray

Abstract: This report describes the electronic, computer-based processes of creating an on-line, Web-based glossary of telecommunication terms—American National Standard, T1.523-2001, Telecom Glossary 2000. These e-mail processes or Web-based processes constituted electronic meetings or "virtual meetings" to solicit public review comments for updating the glossary. The programming design, structure, and some of the code used to gather e-mail comments and to build the glossary Web pages are discussed in the report. With the exception of the kickoff meeting and the resolution meeting, all interim meetings of the glossary-development Ad Hoc Group consisted of e-mail exchanges or Web-page modifications. This electronic meeting forum allowed a broader participation in the revisions, wider distribution of comments, speedier development of the glossary, and economy of resources. The completed product is scheduled to be available free of charge to the public on the ATIS (Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions)/T1Web site.

Keywords: HTML; hypertext; Internet; E-mail; search engine; Web; computer communications; electronic publishing; programming scripts; telecommunications glossary; virtual meeting

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William J. Ingram
Institute for Telecommunication Sciences
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Disclaimer: Certain commercial equipment, components, and software may be identified in this report to specify adequately the technical aspects of the reported results. In no case does such identification imply recommendation or endorsement by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, nor does it imply that the equipment or software identified is necessarily the best available for the particular application or uses.

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