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Why Standards

Why Standards? via Slashdot. I agree: “Let’s get back to first principles…standards have historically played two roles in our industry. The first role has been to codify what is already common practice in the industry. Such standards are attempts to capture what everyone is already doing, perhaps ironing out some minor inconsistencies along the way…This is very different from a standards effort that attempts to invent the standard from the ground up. Such a standards effort is not descriptive, but rather an attempt to invent by committee. There is no common practice to describe; instead the standards group is trying to tell everyone what they should be doing in the future.”