"For the computing world, ISO standards have a mixed record.
Around 1977, ISO developed a seven-layer networking protocol
standard which ended up being completely side- lined when it ran
into the working TCP/IP protocol standard that became the Internet.
However, ISO did standardize the Unix commands and application
programming interface POSIX, bringing some sanity to the fractured
worlds of proprietary UNIX implementations. It seems that computing
ISO standards work better when they standardize something that
"But standards don't rule the computing world. Today, ninety-two
per cent of desktops and seventy per cent of servers run the
proprietary and non-standardized Microsoft Windows OS..."