Are there any blindingly obvious examples of instances where
a) a standards group produced a standard published by a body which charged for access to it
b) a alternative standards groups produced a competing standard that was openly accessible and the work of group a) was rendered totally irrelevant because most non-commercial work ignored it in favour of b).

My instinct is to quote the battle between OSI (ISO) and TCP/IP (IETF RFCs). Does that strike others as appropriate?

Any examples closer to the library world?

Walter Lewis

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