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. See proprietary standard. Contrast with de jure standard.
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Broadly, there are two types of standards: 1) de jure or legal standards -- those officially issued by governments or standards bodies and 2) de facto standards -- those not issued by such bodies but nevertheless considered valid standards because they have been widely adopted by a community of users.
There's a natural evolution here, in that Circadiant has become the de facto standard for 10 GE physical layer compliance testing and has now teamed up with the industry's leading Ethernet standards verification lab," said My Chung, Circadiant CEO.
Sifang Rolling Stock Research Institute is a driving force in making LonWorks technology the de facto standard for rail transportation in China and we are pleased to have such an experienced partner," said Ken Oshman, Echelon's chairman and CEO.
Both the properly steeped and ready-to-drink 710EGCG "inabottle" and the 710EGCG loose-leaf green teas are organically grown, carefully produced, laboratory tested and guaranteed to meet the NCI de facto standard.
Following a series of successful discussions and dialogue with Fortune 100 legal executives, litigators from top law firms, US District Court Judges and global powerhouses during September conferences the company sponsored or presented at, PSS Systems(R) announced that its Atlas Litigation Communications and Collections (LCC) solution maps to the Zubulake V de facto standard for information preservation and collection.
The company's Ascent platform is the most popular information capture application worldwide, and its VirtualReScan (VRS) product is the de facto standard for scanning productivity.
As the de facto standard for intrusion detection and prevention, Snort is integrated into hundreds of third-party solutions, and we are launching this Certified Snort Integrator Program to provide the highest protection and easiest distribution possible," said Marty Roesch, founder and CTO at Sourcefire and creator of Snort.