RDA-L Re: RE: RDA Index in the Toolkit

Posting to RDA-L

On 5/8/2015 1:26 PM, Bernhard Eversberg wrote:
There must be no such thing as a proprietary international standard. Or don’t call it a standard.

While I agree with the sentiment, there are many international standards that must be paid for. ISO standards are not free, neither are the IEEE. (See examples: ISO http://www.iso.org/iso/home/store/catalogue_ics/catalogue_detail_ics.htm?ics1=25&ics2=220&ics3=10&csnumber=37224; IEEE http://standards.ieee.org/findstds/standard/1076.1-2007.html

Web standards have been different in this respect and have always (almost always?) been free.

The differences of these standards is that the ISOs and IEEEs are mandated by law or some type of convention. To be precise, if you decide not to follow the standards, you will not be able to sell your goods, or if you falsely claim that something follows one of these types of standards when it doesn’t, you can be found guilty of fraud. Therefore, people are very interested in knowing, and following, those kinds of standards. They will pay.

Web standards are much more flexible. Maybe your HTML isn’t perfect, but browsers are built to deal with it. Perhaps you use a few bits of javascript to do something that really, completely annoys everyone who sees it (how about pop-up windows?) but nothing happens. No one will be thrown in jail or sued, although the social media may slam you. At least those standards are free.

It seems as if cataloging rules are much more like web standards: nothing much will happen to you if you break them: you won’t be thrown in prison or sued. But you still have to pay for them.

Go figure.