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de facto standard

[dē′fak·tō ′stan·dərd]
(computer science)
A set of criteria for software, hardware, or communications procedures that is widely accepted because of the dominance of a particular technology over others rather than the action of a recognized standards organization.

de facto standard

A widespread consensus on a particular product or protocol which has not been ratified by any official standards body, such as ISO, but which nevertheless has a large market share.

The archetypal example of a de facto standard is the IBM PC which, despite is many glaring technical deficiencies, has gained such a large share of the personal computer market that it is now popular simply because it is popular and therefore enjoys fierce competition in pricing and software development.

de facto standard

Hardware or software that is widely used, but not endorsed by a standards organization. See proprietary standard. Contrast with de jure standard.
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In his seminal work on de facto states, Scott Pegg argues that de facto states' tendency to enter into relations with other states reflects their quest for international recognition.
a de facto state exists where there is an organized political leadership, which has risen to power through some degree of indigenous capability, receives popular support; and has achieved sufficient capacity to provide governmental services to a given population in a specific territorial area, over which effective control is maintained for a significant period of time.
The leftist newspaper AS SAFIR said Friday that "a de facto government" has been postponed for now, while "new ideas" were being discussed to settle the dispute over the Interior Ministry portfolio.
In general, if a de facto liquidation is deemed to occur, the tax consequences are substantially the same as if the company had formally liquidated.
Since its introduction in 1998, VRS has become the de facto industry standard for scanning productivity by improving the readability of scanned documents through automatically straightening, cropping and optimizing their exposure in real time.
Quorum TIPS is the de facto standard in the energy industry for gas plant accounting and Merit is the latest client to value the significant return on investment realized through implementation of this powerful software," said Mr.
based Silver Bullet Technology the world's foremost check scanner experts, provides item processing software and solutions that have come to serve as the de facto standard for financial institutions.
Denali's MMAV product is the de facto industry standard for modeling and simulating memory during all phases of design and verification.
SafeNet's SafeXcel chips, based on the de facto standard SecureIP Technology(TM), offer encryption acceleration for all types of security applications, focusing on VPN appliances, firewalls, as well as wireless LAN appliances.
SafeNet (Nasdaq: SFNT), a leading provider of private and public network security solutions who has set the industry standard for VPN technology and secure business communications, today announced the availability of the newest version of its de facto standard VPN client software, SoftRemote(R).
NextHop GateD is the de facto standard for deployment of IPv4, IPv6 unicast and multicast networks which support all major protocols (OSPF, BGP, IS-IS, PIM, DVMRP, MSDP, MP-BGP, RIPng and IS-IS for IPv6).
Lane15 is the management software de facto standard for high-speed fabric networks," said Rob Adams, partner at Austin Ventures.