Technology Standards Guide
The importance of open standards cannot be understated. The advances in technology, radio, TV, computers, and cell phones have all relied upon standards that specify the way they communicate. Standard components gain the added benefit of mass production. Standard interfaces make it easier for humans to cope with the growing complexity of technology.
A number of organizations help promote, define, and deploy these standards by approving or advocating them, and publishing information about them. They might adopt the work of others, unify diverging specifications, or develop new standards from the ground up. I divide technology standards organizations into two groups. In the first group are organizations that address a wide range of technologies, like the ISO. In the second group are organizations with a narrower focus, like the W3C.
The First Group
The major standards organizations in the first group are:
The Second Group
The second group includes these organizations: