Re: ISO and the Standards Golden Hammer (was Re: You
> Although I'm not Len, here are some ISO standards that people in computing > have encountered over the years: > > Characters sets and coding (ASCII, OCR-A, OCR-B, MICR, bar codes) > Audio and video compression (MPEG 1, 2, 4) > Graphics: GKS, PHIGS, CGM, JBIG > Messaging/mail: X.400 > Languages: C, C++, Ada, SQL, FORTRAN, COBOL, Pascal, Modula-2, POSIX, CLI > Storage, networking, bus interfaces: SCSI, SCSI-2, FDDI, CSMA/CD, VMEbus, > Multibus, HIPPI, RS-232/V.24 electrical > Markup: SGML, RELAX NG, VRML > Geocoding: ISO 19100 (19107, 19108, 19123, 19127) Most of these weren't ISO/ITU committees, but were either private industry consortia, or other standards work that got a "finishing polish." In fact, the only one I know of that was ISO from start to finish is X.400, which surely must be considered a temporary success at best, if not an overall failure and waste of time. I believe when most folks say "what has ISO done," they want examples that started in ISO (or ITU, most folks comingle them), rather than another phase on an existing work. If all you need is the latter, than just have ISO versions of IP, TCP, HTTP/1.1, and SSL. So, can anyone point to ISO/ITU success in the computer (software) field? /r$ -- Rich Salz Chief Security Architect DataPower Technology http://www.datapower.com XS40 XML Security Gateway http://www.datapower.com/products/xs40.html XML Security Overview http://www.datapower.com/xmldev/xmlsecurity.html
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