Subject: Standardization [was: Re: Newbie questions...]
From: (Rob Warnock)
Date: 1999/05/11
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <7h8qs4$>
Kent M Pitman  <> wrote:
| There is a great temptation in standards work to standardize things
| that are not tested, but it's pretty risky.

Too true. Unfortunately, the groups which standardize communications
hardware, protocols, & data formats seem to have forgotten this. Ethernet
and HIPPI were about the last to have a working implementation *before*
standardization. In that arena at least, the usual case these days is
design-by-standardization-committee, *then* implementation. (*sigh*)

Some have attributed this trend to a competitive/political principle
whimsically called by your truly "maximum mutual disadvantage". That is,
if there are no working implementations before the standard gets written,
then no one vendor has a head-start advantage over another.

Common Lisp is indeed fortunate to have been hammered out before this
trend became as strong as it is today...


Rob Warnock, 8L-855
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