What is a general word or phrase that could encompass the class of documents called standards (i.e. ISO, ANSI, BS, etc.), legislation, laws, handbooks, style guides, manuals, etc.? Basically, all prescriptive written things that tell people what to do.
I think regulations is a general term: (from TFD)
- a rule, principle, or condition that governs procedure or behaviour
- (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a governmental or ministerial order having the force of law
I'd go with "governance".
It's widely used in Information Technology settings, as an example.