Standards: they're de-jure, they're de-facto, they're de-LOVELY!

Don Park donpark at
Tue May 25 19:50:07 BST 1999

> I've never (knowingly) called SAX a 'standard', de facto or de jure.
> What *is* it?

IMHO, it is a standard in the traditional sense.

1 : a conspicuous object (as a banner) formerly carried at the top of a pole
and used to mark a rallying point especially in battle or to serve as an
2 a : a long narrow tapering flag that is personal to an individual or
corporation and bears heraldic devices b : the personal flag of the head of
a state or of a member of a royal family c : an organization flag carried by
a mounted or motorized military unit d : BANNER
3 : something established by authority, custom, or general consent as a
model or example : CRITERION
4 : something set up and established by authority as a rule for the measure
of quantity, weight, extent, value, or quality
5 a : the fineness and legally fixed weight of the metal used in coins b :
the basis of value in a monetary system
6 : a structure built for or serving as a base or support
7 a : a shrub or herb grown with an erect main stem so that it forms or
resembles a tree b : a fruit tree grafted on a stock that does not induce
8 a : the large odd upper petal of a papilionaceous flower (as the pea) b :
one of the three inner usually erect and incurved petals of an iris
9 : a musical composition (as a song) that has become a part of the standard

I particularly like #9 although SAX is more like a good old drinking song.

Beers not included,


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