25 August 2009
One of the criteria for something being a standard is that there must exist at least two independent interoperable implementations. For example, Microsoft's OOXML format[?] is not a standard, since only one application can open it properly (Microsoft Word). Whereas the HTML format[?] is a standard since there are several applications which can render HTML files properly (Gecko, Webkit, Opera, Lynx).
Quote from co-worker looking at some multi-coloured mapping functions on my whiteboard: "Every time I see something like that, I question whether I'm smart enough to work at Google." I looked at the incomprehensible spaghetti on his whiteboard and made the same comment to him. Everyone is an expert in their own domain.