STANDARDS Levels of Relevance

post -by Gautam Shah



Standards emerge as the most widely acceptable strategy, set through specifications. Standards are conceived to generate a controlled response. Standards relate to specifications for making, maintaining, using and disposing objects, and mechanics of creation, handling, operations and management. Standards as the most widely acceptable strategy, could emerge from empathy or as a strategic understanding between two or more persons. Standards’ formation is a raison d’etre for (reason for being) member of clan or society. Governments gain political power and patronage by administering standards. Regional blocks and International communities achieve efficiency by preventing conflict and duplication of effort through standards. Standards, very effectively and economically raise the levels of quality, safety, reliability, efficiency and commutability.



Standards are expected to achieve predictable results, by voluntary concurrence, obligation, or through enforcement. Standards are very powerful means to cause a change or even maintain status quo. The nature of Application of Standards takes many different forms with varying levels of credibility. Acceptance of standards if voluntary ensues a social respect or some form of elite status. The enforcement also may occur with social boycott, penalty or punishment.


Compulsory and Legal:       Such as laws, rules

Obligatory and Quasi Legal: Such as directives, policies

Obnoxious or Evil:           Such as decrees, mandates

Necessities:                   Such as compulsions,obligations

Traditional -Esteemed         Such as customs,traditions,taboos

Provisions:                    Such as recommendations.