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 -----Original Message----- 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 To: [log in to unmask] 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): > > "STANDARDS. > > 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.