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  • Standards
    • Proprietary Standards
      • standards that are own by a company
      • advantages
        • look & feel familiar to users & will speed up learning new systems
        • work in a predictable way - improve reliability
        • be maintained by one company
    • De Facto Standards
      • developed through common usage until become the accepted way of doing things
      • PDF is a an example of a de facto standard
    • Open Standards
      • standards that are publicly available
      • can be modified by users
      • source code is in the public domain, so anyone can make changes
      • often of very high quality
    • Industry Standards
      • standard agreed across the computing industry


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