White and brown concrete spiral stairs (Dan Freeman)

Open standards

The purpose of open standards is to promote behaviour with a focus on relevant principles, such as integrity, social decency, acting with due care, and quality assurance. Open standards provide the opportunity to give due consideration to the specific circumstances of the case, tailoring those circumstances to any desired situation. This is in contrast to closed standards that promote behaviour through as many rules as possible. This may make the standard clearer and easier to implement, but it is less flexible and less future-proof.