Standard standards

ZDNet: When standards don’t apply is an interesting article by David Becker about standards and standardisation processes. Examples used are MS Office, PDF, Flash and RSS. Quotes Perens, Bray, etc.

Our new definition of open standards, confirmed by the national IT Architecture Committee, is:

A completely open standard has the following properties:
– It is accessible and free of charge to all
– It remains accessible and free of charge
– It is accessible free of charge and documented in all its details

This definition is inspired by Perens’ definition of open standards.

How do you define open standards?

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