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   RE: [xml-dev] You call that a standard?

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What if:

1.  It is ISO standard (which has a specific meaning) 
    but created by technical committees from consortia 
    (not the marketing guys who go to committee meetings 
    to represent their bosses viewpoint).

2.  Is Royalty-free by dint of a signed participation 

3.  Comes with conformance tests and a test mark (a 
    formal variation of a trade mark).

Would that be 'meaningful'?


From: Dare Obasanjo [mailto:dareo@microsoft.com]

The word "standard' when it comes to software and computer technology is
usually meaningless. Is something standard if it produced by a standards
body but has no conformance tests (e.g. SQL)? What if it has conformance
testing requirements but is owned by a single entity (e.g. Java)? What if it
is just widely supported with no formal body behind it (e.g. RSS)? 
Whenever I hear someone say standard it's as meaningless to me as when I
hear the acronym 'SOA', it means whatever the speaker wants it to mean. 


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