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A de facto standard is

a custom, convention, product, or system that has achieved a dominant position by public acceptance or market forces (such as early entrance to the market).
a standard that is widely accepted and used, but lacks formal approval by a recognized standards developing organization. Common examples of de facto standards are driving customs (right versus left side of the road) and the QWERTY keyboard.[1]

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Other standards may be voluntary or may be de jure ("ordained by law") standards enforced by government.

References Edit

  1. Society for Standards Professionals, "Frequently Asked Questions" (2010) (full-text).

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