Last updated 2008-02-21.
My professional work is mainly with electronic information. As with 2x4s, power plugs, shoe sizes, and much else, standards in this area can vastly decrease cost and increase efficiency. Since the Web is world-wide and used by people with hugely varying interests, equipment, and skills, basic standards are crucial to making the whole thing work. My colleague Allen Renear has called the sort of work we do "building the tunnels under Disneyland(r)". It can be awfully messy work, but when it is done well, the result can be almost magical.
Here are some of the standards I've worked on extensively:
I currently chair the Bible Technologies Group, a joint effort of the Society of Biblical Literature and the American Bible Society. BTG develops standards, tools, and texts to support online use of the Bible for scholarly, devotional, and many other purposes.
I've also been involved to a lesser extent in SGML, DSSSL, HTML 4, ISO 12083, DocBook, MID, AAP, and others.
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