All developers love standards. They make life easier, providing a common
point of departure for development of products. But, people buy products,
not standards. Try browsing the net with a standard.

I'll take robust and useful products anytime, even if they don't meet the
"standard." I'm particularly interested if these products extend the "standard"
to provide functionality I need today.

Tell you what, you write your product using only the "standards" that exist
today, and I'll write my product using new and innovative techniques, using
standards where appropriate. Make sure you submit your product to the standards-compliance
oversight committee. Meanwhile, I'll submit my product to the marketplace,
the ultimate judge of your standards.

We'll see who wins. Despite all the king's horses, and all the kings men,
Microsoft's software wins again and again. Seems to be something of a standard,
don't you think?