Document Types

Overview Documents

A multipart set of documents should be supplemented by an Overview Document (OV), which describes the relationships among the parts and may describe the relationships of the parts to other Engineering Documents. Part 0 (OV) documents are not due process Engineering Documents. 

These Overview Documents are available at no charge.

Standard (ST)

A Standard is a document that states basic specifications, dimensions, or criteria that are necessary for effective interchange and/or interconnection within the system described. An SMPTE Standard may also define the functions necessary to achieve effective interchange among users. An SMPTE Standard shall contain Conformance Language.

Recommended Practice (RP)

A Recommended Practice is a document that states basic specifications, dimensions, or criteria that are not necessary for effective interchange and/or interconnection but that facilitate implementation of systems. Examples are conformance requirements for test materials or measurement methods; constraints on existing specifications, dimensions, criteria, forms; and/or functions within the system described. An SMPTE Recommended Practice may contain Conformance Language.

Engineering Guideline (EG)

An Engineering Guideline is an informative document, often tutorial in nature, which incorporates engineering Consensus on specifications, dimensions, and/or Version practices. It is intended to guide Users or to provide designs or procedures for Producers. It shall not contain Conformance Language, Normative Text, or Normative References.

Registered Disclosure Documents (RDD)

Registered Disclosure Documents (RDDs) are not Engineering Documents and do not represent findings, representations, or recommendations by the Society. Registered Disclosure Documents are documents within the scope of interest of the Society, submitted by any entity (the “Sponsor”) that wishes to make a disclosure available to the public and to use the Society’s publication and distribution mechanisms for this purpose. Documents that may be suitable as Registered Disclosure Documents include, but are not limited to, specifications of existing products, instructions for interfacing to products, instructions for controlling products and systems, and descriptions of design approaches intended to encourage design of similar or compatible systems. Registered Disclosure Documents shall not be used as Normative References in Engineering Documents.  

Technical Specifications (TSP)

A Technical Specification (TSP) is a Public Committee Draft (CD) document as defined by the Standards Operations Manual (OM) v3.1. It enables industry groups and business users to create public and robust delivery documents, to constrain standards, and to foster new workflows that engender long-term interoperability.  

These Technical Specifications are available at no charge.