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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. "De facto" is Latin for "in fact" or "that which exists." See proprietary standard. Contrast with de jure standard.
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While we spend almost the entire political capital on the de facto type of industrial policies, the de jure industrial policies may be in opposite direction.
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then he or she may well be a director de facto. (5) Unsurprisingly,
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ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- President Recep Tayyip Erdoy-an's remark that the Constitution should be modified to recognize the de facto situation in Turkey was interpreted as a coup attempt.
The anticipations of the European Commission are real and based on a standard, long lasting growth and on the gross domestic product, but also on the increased level of investments, both foreign and domestic which de facto increases the number of employees, analyzes university professor Saso Kozuharov.