I am often asked for background material relating to standards, standards organizations,
and policy about standards.
Until recently, I have not been
aware of a good reference addressing these questions. In March 1992, the Congressional
Office of Technology Assessment
published the results of a study
on standards issues at the request of Congress. This report, Global Standards: Building Blocks for the Future, is the most
comprehensive document I have seen
about the history of standards writing, the effect of standards on the economy, and the changes in policy needed to keep the U.S. standards effort abreast of the changing world economic situation.
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Publish Date: 01 June 1993
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