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It's called a 'de facto standard'. Unless you want me to make up another term and assign it the same definition.
It's standard because it's standard. It's accepted. You are expected to be able to communicate using that format.
I don't know what else to say about the subject.
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Posted Feb 13, 2013 21:00 UTC (Wed) by dlang (✭ supporter ✭, #313)
Posted Feb 13, 2013 22:07 UTC (Wed) by khim (subscriber, #9252)
You are assuming that 'de facto standard' is a standard. It's not. It's something which people perceive as a standard while in fact it's not one.
As for .doc files... Grab old version of MS Word (straight from Microsoft's site, no less!) and try to open .DOC files created by in a latest version of MS Office. I'll wish you luck - you'll need it.
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