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

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Ken North wrote:

> Although I'm not Len, here are some ISO standards that people in computing
>  have encountered over the years:
> Characters sets and coding (ASCII, OCR-A, OCR-B, MICR, bar codes)
> Audio and video compression (MPEG 1, 2, 4)
> Graphics: GKS, PHIGS, CGM, JBIG
> Messaging/mail: X.400
> Languages: C, C++, Ada, SQL, FORTRAN, COBOL, Pascal, Modula-2, POSIX, CLI
> Storage, networking, bus interfaces: SCSI, SCSI-2, FDDI, CSMA/CD, VMEbus,
> Multibus, HIPPI, RS-232/V.24 electrical
> Geocoding: ISO 19100 (19107, 19108, 19123, 19127)
> In general, ISO, IEC and ITU (formerly CCITT) collaborate on a variety of
> standards -- (e.g., ISO/IEC 7498 Open Systems Interconnect). There are also
> standards for things such as how many dead pixels are acceptable in LCDs.

Thanks for the list, Ken -- it should provide a reasonable basis for 
comparision with computer tech specs that have come out of processes other 
than ISO's and ANSI's.  Some of these I would disregard, either because they 
have not caught on (i.e. the graphics formats), or because they are 
primarily rubber-stamps on existing, outside work (such as RelaxNG or VRML); 
however, some represent real, from scratch work (such as SGML) or 
substantive, widely-accepted modifications to existing specs (such as SQL92 
  or ANSI C and C++).

Now, any discussion comparing various standards and specification bodies 
needs to show how, for example, the ISO process has caused, say, ANSI C++ to 
be a fairer, cleaner, more widely-implemented, less vendor-bound, freer, 
and/or less bug-ridden spec than non-ISO specs like XML or HTTP.

All the best,



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