Quotable quote on the nature of “Standards”

As abstract and remote from daily life as standards may appear to most people, they are almost living organisms, whether static or continuously evolving and undergoing mutations. They are approached, used and manipulated differently by standard makers in both the public and private sectors according to the concerned parties’ own interests and aims.

Here is how one reputable high-tech world reporting agency puts it:

No matter how much the [computer] industry talks about compatibility, new formats and languages appear routinely. The standards makers are always trying to cast a standard in concrete, while the innovators are trying to create a new one. Even when standards are created, they are violated as soon as one vendor adds a proprietary extension.”  (ZDnet.com)

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