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comp.lang.c FAQ list · Question 11.2

Q: How can I get a copy of the Standard?

A: An electronic (PDF) copy is available on-line, for US$18, from Paper copies are available in the United States from

American National Standards Institute
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In other countries, contact the appropriate national standards body, or ISO in Geneva at:
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(or see URL or check the comp.std.internat FAQ list, Standards.Faq).

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 .

The text of the original ANSI Rationale can be obtained by anonymous ftp from (see question 18.16) in directory doc/standards/ansi/X3.159-1989, and is also available on the web at . 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.

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