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On Fri, 15 Nov 2002, Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:
> Actually she has a point.
um ... not really.
> There are many business evaluations of so-called
> standards that get resolved by saying "Well, Microsoft
> has implemented it."
microsoft software is not a standard, simply because it
can *never* be a standard, barring some sort of official
international standard organization making it so.
the fact that my wall outlet provides 110V at 60Hz.
that's a standard. that my bicycle wheels are 700mm.
*that's* a standard. paper (at least here in north
america) typically coming in 8.5" x 11" or 8.5" x 14".
*that's* a standard. get the idea?
MS software may be popular. it may be ubiquitous.
and many corporations have clearly adopted it as their
SW of choice. that does *not* make it a standard.