http://www.artima.com/weblogs/viewpost.jsp?thread=4892 closed, proprietary, defacto standards example: http://techupdate.zdnet.com/techupdate/stories/main/0,14179,2861038,00.html I can't think of a single standard that was invented by committee that has survived in the marketplace. The long-standing standards are those that were first de facto standards, and were described (no invented) by the standards bodies. From : http://www.artima.com/forums/flat.jsp?forum=106&thread=4840 Arguing for defacto standards Definition: http://hebb.cis.uoguelph.ca/~dave/343/Lectures/standards.html Of course google groups has some great posts: http://tinyurl.com/d79g

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