A word about standards, or lack thereof

A word about standards, or lack thereof

Summary: The Chunnel: a fine example of standards resolution?

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"If the French and the English can agree on one set of standards for a train passing underneath the English Channel (and now running German trains!), then why can't the IT industry standardize a first name, last name. and street address? It will eventually, but why didn’t it happen earlier? The easy answer is because they (we!) didn't have to. It was much more efficient to sell tools to tame the chaos.... So how do we go about it? The obvious answer is to enable machines to read human communication instead of the other way around. The moment the paradigm shifts and data becomes readable to non-technical people first and machines second, will be the moment that machines begin to help us with our daily chores. They will finally understand what we want and need."

- Juergen Geck, CTO, Open-Xchange, quoted in GigaOm Ostatic.

Topic: Enterprise Software

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  • RE: A word about standards, or lack thereof

    "If the French and the English can agree on one set of standards for a train passing underneath the English Channel..."

    It's La Manche :-)
    Both countries use metric system - Britain doesn't appear to do so, by all planning, building, engineering is done in metric system units. A road sign needs to be 200 meters before the junction. But it needs to indicate distance in yards. The result is that not a single road sign in the UK is correct :-)
    Anyway, there wasn't really much standardization there. As for the trains, British simply had to go for whatevere French side had to offer. German trains for the Eurotunnel will need to conform to Eurotunnel specs.
    kitko