A PERENNIALLY thorny subject, which never fails to arouse acute controversy whenever it is broached, is standardization. Some hold the view that all standards are merely clogs on progress; while, at the opposite extreme, there are those who would cut down, for instance, the number of permitted specifications for materials to a tenth, or less, of those that at present exist. The main difficulty is, of course, that, very naturally, any individual will consider that the specifications he is in the habit of using himself are all that is necessary and he feels that others are merely being obstinate in preferring different materials. The number of specifications that have to be available for use entirely, then, depends on the number of individuals—and perhaps their varying degrees of obstinacy.
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