Technical Report TR/18
The Meaning of Conformance to Standards
Drafting computer standards and gaining
international agreement to them is an expensive and time consuming
process, therefore Ecma is anxious to ensure that standards are
as valuable to all concerned, whether suppliers or users, as it
is possible to make them.
Ecma also believes firmly that the real
value of computer standards depends on the existence of a comprehensive
set of such standards. In general, the effectiveness of any one
computer standard has to be considered in relation to other members
of that set. It follows that if conformance to any standard is
in doubt, that fact can seriously call in question the value of
conformance to many other standards where no such doubt should
Therefore Ecma will seek to clarify the
position over conformance to all kinds of computer standards in
the interests of users, suppliers and the general public alike.
That is the purpose of this report.
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