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No but requiring conformance testing of something
one calls standard is the best way to know if it is.
An IETF recommendation is not a standard. It can be
something a lot of people care about. Most people
care about their children, but we don't have to
give them conformance tests. RSS and Atom aren't
standard products and its tough to prove who cares
the most about which one.
No one in NASA cared about standardizing the air
filters in Apollo systems. YAGNI was the rule
then too. Then an oxygen tank that would not
have passed a conformance test either blew the
panels off of Apollo 13, and suddenly, everyone
You don't always need standards. The tough bit
is knowing when you do before you do.
From: Hunsberger, Peter [mailto:Peter.Hunsberger@STJUDE.ORG]
You don't have to label something a standard for conformance testing to
be meaningful. I place far more value on a spec when other people have
demonstrated that they care about it. The more people that care and the
more they demonstrate that, the more potential value the spec has.
Otherwise, call it what you want....