SC 35

Revision March 2017

ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC35 User interfaces

ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 35 was created at the 1999-01 Rio de Janeiro –Brazil JTC 1 Plenary out of  JTC 1/SC 18/WG9. All their projects were transferred to the new ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC35.


Standardization in the field of user-system interfaces in information and communication technology (ICT) environments and support for these interfaces to serve all users, including people having accessibility or other specific needs, with a priority of meeting the JTC 1 requirements for cultural and linguistic adaptability.

This includes:

  • user interface accessibility (requirements, needs, methods, techniques and enablers);
  • cultural and linguistic adaptability and accessibility (such as evaluation of cultural and linguistic adaptability of ICT products, harmonized human language equivalents, localization parameters, voice messaging menus…);
  • user interface objects, actions and attributes;
  • methods and technologies for controlling and navigating within systems, devices and applications in visual, auditory, tactile and other sensorial modalities (such as by voice, vision, movement, gestures…);
  • symbols, functionality and interactions of user interfaces (such as graphical, tactile and auditory icons, graphical symbols and other user interface elements);
  • visual, auditory, tactile and other sensorial input and output devices and methods in ICT environments  (for devices such as keyboards, displays, mice…);
  • user interfaces for mobile devices, hand-held devices and remote interactions.

Note 1:

The current wording of the JTC 1/SC 35 Scope was proposed to and accepted by JTC 1 on its 2009 plenary meeting in Tel Aviv. The new wording was drafted in plenary sessions and approved unanimously (JTC 1/SC 35 Resolution 2009.62).


Note 2:

Additionally, per resolution 4 of the 30th ISO/IEC JTC 1 meeting held on 2015-10-26/31, ISO/IEC JTC 1 requested ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 35 to review necessary actions to implement ISO/IEC Guide 71, Guide for addressing accessibility in standards.

SC 35 Meetings

The SC35 Working Groups meet two times per year:

Past meetings

  • Quebec, Canada, 1999-06
  • Paris, France, 1999-11
  • Nara, Japan, 2000-05
  • Quebec, Canada, 2000-11
  • Stockholm, Sweden, 2001-05-31
  • Paris, France, 2001-12-01
  • Copenhagen, Denmark, 2002-06-03
  • Athens, Greece, 2002-11-18
  • Sendai, Japan, 2003-05-26
  • Paris, France, 2003-12-01/05
  • Tokyo, Japan, 2004-05-31/06-04
  • Stokholm, Sweden, 2004-11-22/26 (Working Groups)
  • Madison, USA, 2005-07-05/09 (Working groups and Plenary)
  • Berlin, Germany, 2006-02-13-17 (Working Groups)
  • Jeju, Korea, 2006-09-04/08 (Working Groups and Plenary)
  • Paris, France, 2007-02-19/23 (Working Groups)
  • Quebec, Canada, 2007-08-20/24 (Working Groups and Plenary)
  • Fukuoka, Japan, 2008-02-08/12 (Working groups)
  • Naples, Italy, 2008-09-08/12 (Working Groups and Plenary)
  • Berlin, Germany, 2009-02-16/20 (Working Groups)
  • Saskatoon, Canada, 2009-08-22/26 (Working groups and Plenary)
  • Madrid, Spain, 2010-02-22/26 (Working Groups)
  • Venice, Italy, 2010-08-23/27 (Working groups and Plenary)
  • Bellevue WA, USA, 2011-02-21/25 (Working Groups)
  • Warsaw, Poland, 2011-08-29/09-02 (Working Groups and Plenary)
  • Kyoto, Japan, 2012-02-20/24 (Working Groups)
  • Paris, France, 2012-08-27/31 (Working Groups and Plenary)
  • Busan, Korea, 2013-03-18/22 (Working Groups)
  • Saskatoon, Canada, 2013-08-26/30 (Working Groups and Plenary)
  • Barcelona, Spain, 2014-02-10/13 (Working Groups)
  • Hanghzou, China, 2014-07-07/11 (Working Groups and Plenary)
  • Copenhagen, Denmark, 2015-01-19/23 (Working groups)
  • Sapporo, Japan, 2015-08-31/09-04 (Working groups and Plenary)
  • Rome, Italy, 2016-02-15/19 (Working groups)
  • Seoul, Korea, 2016-08-01/05 (Working groups and Plenary)
  • Berlin, Germany, 2017-02-06/10 (Working groups)

Organization within SC 35

JTC 1/SC 35 is subdivided in 7 permanent Working Groups

  • WG1 : Keyboards and Input Interfaces – Mr. Alain LABONTÉ (Canada)
  • WG2 : Graphical User Interface and Interaction – Dr. Yoshikazu YAMAMOTO (Japan)
  • WG4 : User Interfaces for Mobile Devices – Dr. Yoshikazu YAMAMOTO (Japan)
  • WG5 : Cultural and Linguistic Adaptability – Mr. Thibault GROUAS (France)
  • WG6 : User Interface Accessibility – Pr. Jim CARTER (Canada)
  • WG7 : User Interfaces Object, Actions and Attributes – Pr. Jim CARTER (Canada)
  • WG8 : User Interfaces for Remote Interactions – Pr. Gottfried ZIMMERMANN (Germany)


SC35 resolved to integrate WG3 (Graphical Symbols) with WG2 (User Interface Interaction), which was chaired by Dr. Yamamoto. This merger took effect in June 2004 and the title of the new WG2 became “Graphical User Interface and Interaction”.

Programme of work:


Mid-March 2017, ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 35 has published a total of 67 documents and 17 projects are under development.

SC 35 experts during their February 2017 meetings

SC 35 experts during their February 2017 meetings