"Have you ever wondered how your computer sends your documents to a printer from a different manufacturer? Imagine a world where you cannot use your credit card in every cash machine. Standards set out common rules and parameters so that products can work with each other.

"If we didn’t have standards, communication between people, machines, parts and products would be extremely difficult. They are essential for products to work together smoothly and for people to communicate easily.

"World Standards Day is held on 14 October each year and has been recognised worldwide since 1970; it raises awareness and recognises the achievements and efforts of the thousands of experts who share their know-how and expertise in voluntary international standards setting.  Australian consumers can be assured that the products and systems they use are safe and reliable thanks to an objective, rigorous set of standards."

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AuthorRay Dennis