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   Re: [xml-dev] ISO and the Standards Golden Hammer (was Re: [xml-dev]You

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David Megginson wrote:

> The fact is that ISO never did well with computer technology, either 
> before *or* after XML.  We use the four-layer DoD networking stack, not 
> the seven-layer ISO/OSI stack, and we look to the IETF, not ISO, for our 
> protocols.  Even modest computer tech successes like SGML have been rare 
> for ISO.

The seven-layer stack is joint ISO/ITU-T thing, and the ITU-T has done 
OK in telecoms - V.* modems, I.* ISDN stuff, and G.* ADSL stuff are all 
pretty de-facto these days...

But anyway. Having looked into a lot of them, I've always got the 
impression that the ISO/ITU-T standards would be lovely to work with, 
but lack mindshare - they're not marketed very well.

Perhaps if national governments mandated that all software sold in that 
country had to comply with existing data format / protocol / API 
standards, where possible... :-)

> David



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