Standards: The Rough Road to the Common Byteby Martin C. Libicki
This report looks at the growing but confusing body of info. tech. standards by concentrating on 7 areas: UNIX OS; OSI for data communication; DoDs CALS; the Ada programming language; ISDN, narrow band & broadband; multimedia standards (text, database, & image compression), & 5 specialized standards (encryption, electronic chip design, machine tools, maps, TRON). Each realm is examined from several viewpoints: the problems that need to be solved, the degree of success of standards, the role of public policy in the standards process, & major trends in each area. Charts & tables.
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