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Characteristics of a Good Standard

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In Chapter 2, it is pointed out that standards are generally written to achieve safety and reliability, to reduce cost and increase flexibility, to promote business, and to help society function. A well-written standard will accomplish these goals effectively. A poorly written one will accomplish them less well, and may even impede them. This chapter identifies those characteristics that make for an effective standard. These characteristics help in selection when there is a choice of standards, development when a new standard is needed, and effectively supplementing an existing standard with proper text in a specification, statement of work, or other contract documents.

10.1Introduction
10.2Clarity and Understanding
10.3Scope
10.4Terminology
10.5Structure and Organization
10.6Consistency
10.7References to Other Standards
10.8Attention to Details
10.9Supplementing a Standard
10.10Timeliness
10.11Sample Standard Structure
10.12Summary
10.13Case Studies

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