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   Re: [xml-dev] ISO and the Standards Golden Hammer (was Re: [xml-d ev] Yo

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  • Subject: Re: [xml-dev] ISO and the Standards Golden Hammer (was Re: [xml-d ev] You call that a standard?)
  • From: "Ken North" <kennorth@sbcglobal.net>
  • Date: Sat, 1 May 2004 11:37:21 -0700
  • Cc: "Rich Salz" <rsalz@datapower.com>
  • References: <Pine.LNX.4.44L0.0404300912110.15041-100000@smtp.datapower.com>

> So, can anyone point to ISO/ITU success in the computer (software) field?


ISO/ITU haven't really established themselves in the role of publishing
standards for applications software or tools. For example, SAP and Eclipse are
not based on ISO standards.

If programming languages such as C++ and SQL don't qualify, or standards for
interfacing with the operating system (POSIX, CLI), then I'm unclear what you
mean about success in the software field. The seminal work on C++, POSIX and CLI
happened before ISO became the standardsmaker, but that's not unusual.

Most people evaluate ISO in terms of how well it does the job of establishing
standards, not how successful it's been as a technology incubator.


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