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The XML Gold Book Online


The IUPAC Gold Book —the Compendium of Chemical Terminology— is now available in an all-new format, making this key resource computer and Net friendly. The new version takes full advantage of new technologies based on eXtensible Markup Language (XML) and provides efficient ways of browsing, searching, and simply using this reference. The XML Gold Book is a milestone in chemical referencing.

See for yourself, go to <goldbook.iupac.org>

The Compendium is popularly referred to as the "Gold Book", in recognition of the contribution of the late Victor Gold, who initiated work on the first edition published in 1987. It is one of the series of IUPAC "Colour Books" on chemical nomenclature, terminology, symbols and units, and collects together terminology definitions from IUPAC recommendations already published in Pure and Applied Chemistry and in the other Colour Books.

The XML version is based on the online PDF version that mostly corresponds to the second edition, compiled by Alan D. McNaught and Andrew Wilkinson (Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, UK) and published in print form by Blackwell Science in 1997. It also contains more than 200 new entries added by Aubrey Jenkins after the publication of the last printed version.

Among the many improvements, the XML format enables generation of several different presentational outputs tailored to particular needs. Also, the indexes are improved, the number of internal links increased from about 8 to more than 13 thousand, both chemical and mathematical formulae are captured in computer readable form, and there are navigational maps of dependence between terms.

The authors of the XML version are Miloslav Nic, Jiri Jirat, and Bedrich Kosata from the Laboratory of Informatics and Chemistry of the Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague.


Enter the XML Gold Book at <goldbook.iupac.org> or <www.iupac.org/goldbook>.

> A review of this brand new product is published in Chem. Int. Nov-Dec 2006 issue.


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