Originally Posted by Jack Tingle
don't praise it until it succeeds with the customers.
Which raises an interesting point: Who, exactly, is the customer for a format standard? Device manufacturers? Publishers? Industry study groups? End users?
Having watched the wrangling over things like HTML 5 and ODF vs. OOXML, I'm not sure there is such a thing as a customer. Content consumers certainly have an interest, as do content producers and device makers/developers. I think the whole point of standards development is to find a way to get all of those interests to meet in the middle.