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ICNDTnet - Internet for ICNDTMorio Onoe (leader, email@example.com), Rolf Diederich (firstname.lastname@example.org), David Gilbert (email@example.com) and Paul McIntire (McIntire@asnt.org)
Task group on Internet, Policy and General Purpose Committee, ICNDT
2.1 E-mail directories
ICNDT secretariat shall maintain up-dated E-mail directories of ICNDT delegates as well as member societies. It shall be available on the ICNDT WWW home page.
2.2 E-mail aliases
ICNDT secretariat shall provide E-mail aliases for delegates as well as member societies. An alias is a mail forwarding service. ICNDT member societies, committees and delegates will have E-mail aliases such as: UK@icndt.org, PGPC@icndt.org, MFARLEY@icndt.org.
Any message sent to an alias in an ICNDT mail server will be automatically forwarded to a corresponding real E-mail address. A big merit of E-mail alias is that one and only one notice of address change to ICNDT secretariat is necessary, when a real E-mail address is changed. This will make the maintenance of E-mail directory up-to-date much easier.
2.3 Mailing Lists
A mailing list for the entire ICNDT shall be set up by ICNDT secretariat for fast and economic information dissemination and communication among members. Any response from a member can be immediately shared among all members.
A more specific mailing list may be set up for a committee or a task group. A reply to a mailing list may go to an administrator, e.g. a chairman or a leader, or to all subscribers automatically. In PGPC, the use of mailing lists have been very successful.
It is recommended to circulate all the documents to be discussed in a meeting beforehand by a mailing list. This will make deeper discussion and faster processing of topics possible.
3.1 Pages promoting ICNDT
ICNDT members are encouraged to include a page for promoting ICNDT. The page may be linked to an original home page of ICNDT secretariat. The page may post an edited version to meet a local need or a translation in a national language other than English.
3.2 Web hosting
There are still many ICNDT members who have not their own WWW sites. ICNDT members who already have their own WWW may extend a web hosting service as a courtesy to members without WWW resources, as well as to a host of a regional NDT conference. 
There are also many websites, supported by philanthropy or advertisement, which offer not only free web hosting but also free E-mail alias, mailing list, mail magazine, etc.
4.1 ICNDT Handbook
An ICNDT Handbook, which is a basic document of ICNDT, contains
4.2 ICNDT Recommendations
Recommendations on international harmonisations of training, qualification and certification of NDT personnel, November 1985, are another major historical and yet still useful contribution of ICNDT. Since an original copy is hard to obtain, publications on the web are welcome. 
It is recommended to plan electronic registration and submission of abstracts and papers. Electronic proceedings in CD-ROM and on a WWW shall be considered for compact storage and easy retrieval. For the first time, WCNDT-Roma 2000 will publish all the papers in CD-ROM instead of in print format. It will include a search program based on keywords and full text. The contents of the CD-ROM will be also available on the web. 
Accuracy of a search engine may be improved, if each web page carries keywords relevant to its contents. Use of "descriptions" and "keywords" in Meta Tags in HTML helps a search engine to make a better index.
Recently XML (Extensible Mark-up Language) becomes popular in web publishing and growing number of web software, including browsers, now supports XML. XML is a subset of SGML (ISO8879:1988) just like HTML. Unlike HTML, however, XML allows users to define new tags, which make indexing, even building web database easier. 
Since a document in XML is "well-formed", its structure and elements can be extracted in proper hierarchy and nesting by a parser now incorporated in major browsers. A document in XML is called "valid", if its content conforms to rules defined in a Document Type Definition (DTD). Any element of a valid XML document is precisely defined and can be extracted. Hence a search engine working on XML documents can yield a result with little noise. More importantly, XML enables a universal data exchange between otherwise incompatible applications and databases.
A customized DTD has been made for a specific field, such as mathematics or chemistry. ICNDT shall provide a model DTD for international retrieval and exchange of NDT data. It is a natural extension of previous contributions of ICNDT on NDT vocabulary and thesaurus.
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