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Ecma historical archive has been published on the Ecma website

Geneva, 4 September 2008

The Ecma International Secretariat is happy to announce that significant progress has been made in scanning and publishing "historical" Ecma documents on the Ecma website.

As known two types of formal publications are prepared and published by Ecma:
the currently valid Ecma Standards (see index or list) and the Ecma Technical Reports (see index or list). All these standards and technical reports can be downloaded from the Ecma website free of charge. In addition to that, Ecma has also made available all the previous editions of Ecma Standards and Technical Reports.

Since Ecma is one of the oldest standardization bodies in the area of information - and telecommunication technologies and has been active since 1961, we thought that allowing access to historical standardization related documents might be of interest to the public.

The historical Ecma documents are scanned copies of all withdrawn Ecma Standards (see here) and Technical Reports (see here). Since the first Ecma Standard was published as early as 1962, now these scanned old standards give readers who are interested in the history of computers, computing, information and telecommunication technologies, hardware, software, classic programming languages etc. an excellent insight view especially about those early days of computer standardization and some of the first IT standards.

In addition, the Ecma annual "Mementos" (Ecma annual reports from 1962 until now) which contain information about the Ecma structure at that time, its membership, activities, technical publications, legal texts and so on are also available here.

"Looking at the historical documents of Ecma, we are very proud of our contribution to the standardization world and are confident that our great history will be continued with equally successful future Ecma Standards" said Istvan Sebestyen, Secretary General of Ecma International. 

In the spirit of Ecma International transparency, access to the historical documents is also free of charge.

For more information: please contact Dr. Istvan Sebestyen, Secretary General of Ecma International. Email:



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