Published: Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 Last modified: Monday, Nov 23, 2020 closed, proprietary, defacto standards example:,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 : Arguing for defacto standards Definition: Of course google groups has some great posts: