Standards and its associated costsMonday, April 28, 2003
From a link courtesy of Tim Bray to a CNN article discussing the practical issues, benefits and costs of standards. Tim Bray picks up the point of Microsoft's ludicrous position on standards. The article covers a number of points about the costs of ignoring standards, especially the famous $165 million mistake Nasa made with the Mars Polar Lander probe.
The gist of the CNN article is that the costs of failing to adhere to standards is passed on to the user. Sometimes this cost is more than monetary or time, sometimes the cost is the loss of life, as evidenced by a buggy altitude warning system that was partly responsible for the deaths of 228 passengers on a 1997 Korean Air flight.