Standards and specs, Early adopters
Follow the pitfalls and perks that come from adopting a standard before it becomes one
From the developerWorks archives
Date archived: December 19, 2016 | First published: October 18, 2005
Whether a standard will succeed and be widely adopted is ambiguous at first, regardless of who endorses it -- a major player or a fringe element. So why would people put all their eggs in a standards basket when that basket might not exist tomorrow? Join Peter Seebach as he shows the potential advantages of adopting a standard before it becomes one. (Of course, he hasn't forgotten the potential disadvantages, too.)
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