What is the definition of "standards"?
krahn at niehs.nih.gov
Mon Dec 1 09:46:09 PST 2008
Freedesktop standards now say "These are not really standards", and
redirect to "Specifications".
IMHO, these ARE standards, just not official or authoritative like ISO
or IEEE standards. It is common to refer to "coding standards" for
source code conventions defined within an organization or programming
project. The first definition of standards at dictionary.com is:
"something considered by an authority or by general consent as a basis
of comparison; an approved model."
Whatever the reason, I think it would be useful to give a better
explanation of why Freedesktop is avoiding the term standards, instead
of just "freedesktop.org is not a standards body." Maybe it is also
partly because these are still under development and subject to change,
or maybe it is because some people were mistakenly considering or
referring to Freedesktop specs in a way that implied they are formal
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