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Re: [Gnu-arch-users] [ATTENTION PLEASE] standards process

From: Tom Lord
Subject: Re: [Gnu-arch-users] [ATTENTION PLEASE] standards process
Date: Thu, 2 Sep 2004 12:50:03 -0700 (PDT)

    > From: Andrew Suffield <address@hidden>

    > On Thu, Sep 02, 2004 at 11:00:38AM -0700, Tom Lord wrote:
    > > I do not propose to implement it literally but, can I get some (quick,
    > > not prolonged) feedback on the idea of adopting the general idea of:

    > >

    > > as the procedure for managing Arch standards documents?

    > Call things by their real names please; the word is
    > "specification". There are two definitions of "standard":

    > (a) Something which everybody currently does
    > (b) Political-economic arm-twisting by self-appointed committees

If you want to split hairs, I guess you could say that for both of
your definitions, a standard is what is denoted by a specification.

    > Neither of which are particularly useful things, despite the best
    > efforts of a number of publicity campaigns to persuade people
    > otherwise.

    > "Standard" is the antonym of "innovative".

No it isn't.


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