chapter  9
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A considerable effort is in progress to introduce Standards by the CCITT (renamed ITU, which is also the name of the parent organization), ISO, and the industry. The composition of multimedia Standards is a highly necessary but very difficult topic emphasizing the usual Standards problems-how to fix the Standard on a particular date in the face of rapid advances, intense competition, the setting of de facto standards by fleet-of-foot entrepreneurial organizations, and the undesirable consequences of being quickly overtaken by events because the Standard is set too early. The likely result may be the setting of a Standard with so many alternatives and options that it is ineffective.