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Richard Conn <[log in to unmask]>
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Richard Conn <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 17 Jul 2000 23:07:50 -0400
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Put it to rest?  And get real work done?? ;-)

Richard Conn, Principal Investigator
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-----Original Message-----
From: Team Ada: Ada Advocacy Issues (83 & 95)
[mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of Craig Spannring
Sent: Monday, July 17, 2000 7:42 PM
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Subject: Re: Standards

The Prentice-Hall Dictionary of Computing as a couple of errors in
it's definition of what a standard is.  It should read-


Clearly defined and agreed-upon conventions for programming
interfaces. Standards may be-

- proprietary  (Designed to benefit a single vendor, usually the
                dominant player in the field, for the sole benefit
                of that vendor)

- industry     (Designed to benefit multiple vendors
                in a given field, usually aimed at reducing
                the dominance of the lead player in the field)

- public       (Designed to benefit the public.)

- formal       (developed by a standards organization such as ANSI or
                ISO with the primary goal of benefiting the standards

Now that we have a definition of the four types of standards, could we
put this thread to rest?

For the humor and sarcasm impaired, add a :-) and a :-( to this post.

 Life is short.                  | Craig Spannring
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