As you would expect, I talk to a lot of people about standards, and I attend several (but not as many as I used to) conferences where new technologies and standards are discussed. Again and again it seems, I hear people trying to tell me something like "well we use this XML based grammar to solve problem X and this is really cool because now our grammar too is an open standard". This is extremely misleading. XML itself, is, of course a standard. No questions there. However, just because someone comes up with a new grammar to use in their product that happens to be built on top of XML does not make that grammar itself "automagically" an open standard. Now, don't get me wrong, it's good that people are using XML. For all the reasons that have been stated over the years (variety of XML tools, processors, stylesheets etc. etc.). However, I think it is unfortunate that people are making the connection that anything built using XML is automatically a standard. That claim should only be made, when the specific grammar in question has been taken to a recognised standards venue and taken through the process of that organization resulting in an open specification.