de facto standard


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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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Objective: With potential candidates from the public, to carry out experiments to demonstrate the performance of the MSS olfactory IoT sensing systems, thereby accelerating to achieve a de facto standard.
On the other hand, assured that no matter what program students are trained to use, data will be easily transferred to other systems, instructors would be free to choose one software or the other according to their instructional criteria, without the need of submitting to the economic demands of expensive de facto standards.
Infotrieve's Ariel software (formerly developed by the Research Libraries Group [RLG]) is by far the dominant player in this niche, and it is sometimes referred to as the "de facto standard" for document exchange between libraries (Franke-Webb, 2001).
The comprehensive features and powerful capabilities of the E1000 series are such that Mitsubishi expects that they will quickly expand the market to the point where HMIs become the de facto standard technology for local plant monitoring and control.
The tests were based on the OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project) Top Ten list of application vulnerabilities, which serves as the industry's de facto standard for measuring web application security.
Pointsec, Chicago, the worldwide de facto standard for mobile device security, has broadened its endpoint security solutions to encompass Linux, the world's fastest-growing operating system.
Tape has been a de facto standard for backup and recovery for years, but corporations are realizing that it doesn't have the ability on its own to handle all of their disaster recovery requirements.
Japan's National Institute of Genetics, also known as Idenken, and Fujitsu Ltd., Tokyo, are collaborating on development of a next-generation database system for biological applications, which may one day become the de facto standard in the field.
And even robot programming software, while not entirely interchangeable, has adopted enough similar user-friendly programming features that a de facto standard exists.
It "replaces the de facto standard [+ or -] 10V analog interface with a patent-pending real-time synchronous network to deliver superior motion performance in complex applications," the company says.
"We studied the thickness and porosity of Toray's carbon paper, which is the de facto standard for gas diffusion layers in polymer electrolyte fuel cells, and created a suitable configuration for use with DMFCs," the company stated.
For example, Microsoft software applications were rapidly becoming the de facto standard for word processing and other office work worldwide, squeezing out local competition.