In 2008, I first wrote about Reinhard's
idea to remember the criteria of an
Open Standard with the
help of an mnemonic. When we used the the German mnemonic in our latest
German PR about market
Eckert picked it
After I contacted him, I send that for proofreading to our English
editor team and
now we have can use it for press releases on Open
- applicable (without restrictions): free from legal or technical
clauses that limit its utilisation by any party or in any business
- existing (implementations): available in multiple complete
implementations by competing vendors, or as a complete
implementation equally available to all parties.
- independent (of a single vendor): managed and further developed
independently of any single vendor in a process open to the equal
participation of competitors and third parties
- open (specification): subject to full public assessment and use
without constraints in a manner equally available to all parties
- untainted (with dependencies to closed standards): without any
components or extensions that have dependencies on formats or
protocols that do not meet the definition of an Open Standard
Hope it will also help you to remember what makes an Open Standard.
Thanks to Reinhard, Kai, and the editor team!