Q: How can I get a copy of the Standard?
A: An electronic (PDF) copy is available on-line, for US$18, from www.ansi.org. Paper copies are available in the United States from
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The mistitled Annotated ANSI C Standard, with annotations by Herbert Schildt, contains most of the text of ISO 9899; it is published by Osborne/McGraw-Hill, ISBN 0-07-881952-0, and sells in the U.S. for approximately $40. It has been suggested that the price differential between this work and the official standard reflects the value of the annotations: they are plagued by numerous errors and omissions, and a few pages of the Standard itself are missing. Many people on the net recommend ignoring the annotations entirely. A review of the annotations (``annotated annotations'') by Clive Feather can be found on the web at http://www.lysator.liu.se/c/schildt.html .
The text of the original ANSI Rationale can be obtained by anonymous ftp from ftp.uu.net (see question 18.16) in directory doc/standards/ansi/X3.159-1989, and is also available on the web at http://www.lysator.liu.se/c/rat/title.html . That Rationale has also been printed by Silicon Press, ISBN 0-929306-07-4.
Public review drafts of C9X were available from ISO/IEC JTC1/SC22/WG14's web site.
See also question 11.2b.