The Importance of Standards

Is it important to keep up standards in Computing? Yes!

"What? No way!" - Yes way, actually.

From the people who bring you Apple products all the way to teaching, it's always important to keep up standards. Not just standards to keep slackers from slacking, but following certain rules from a baseline to form a well developed plan that others can use as well as for your own benefit!

Standards affect many areas of computing

Standards allow the combination of products from different manufacturers to create a customised system. Without standards, only hardware and software from the same company could be used together!

What type of standards are there?

De Facto Standards

De facto standards are those which have been 'chosen' as the best standard for their purpose. De facto standards - which become accepted by an industry - are also known as industry standards or professional standards.Anyone can try and create one however it may only become De facto if it gains popularity.

De Jure Standards

De jure standards are a lot more to do with attention when it comes to assessing it. De jure standards are those which have been approved by formal authorities. These standards are assessed with utmost caution and attention. An example of a de jure standard is ASCII.

"Is that it?" - We all wish

Is it comp(uter)atable?

Enough of really bad puns, let's get down to real talk. Compatibility is an important issue if you are making a program. Say if you wanted to develop software for an Android phone, would it also work on a Windows desktop PC? For example, Apple devices (e.g: iPhone's) use chargers that do not fit other devices; making it unique for that specific device.

Standards have a very, very long thought process