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Sender: "Team Ada: Ada Advocacy Issues (83 & 95)" <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2000 23:02:05 -0400
Reply-To: Richard Conn <[log in to unmask]>
From: Richard Conn <[log in to unmask]>
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Does your statement mean that if there is an English standard
for measurement (say, inches) and a Metric standard for measurement
(say, centimeters), then there can be no standard for measurement?

I can simply choose to use one or the other.

Richard Conn, Principal Investigator
Reuse Tapestry

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From: Team Ada: Ada Advocacy Issues (83 & 95)
[mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of Geoff Bull
Sent: Monday, July 17, 2000 9:02 PM
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Subject: Re: Standards

Richard Conn wrote:
> Just in case you missed it, this is the text of what Mike said:
> My Prentice-Hall Dictionary of Computing says (1998, p.627):
> Clearly defined and agreed-upon conventions for programming
> intefaces. Standards may be (bullets mine)
> - proprietary (used only within the environment provided by a single
>   computer vendor),
> - public (widely used across a variety of vendor equipment), or
> - formal (developed by a standards organization such as ANSI or ISO)."

Given that a formal standard exists for C++ it would seem strange
to refer to a a proprietary implementation as Microsoft's standard
for C++ (Would you say Gnat is the ACT standard for Ada?).
If there are two "standards" then clearly there is no standard.