RE: Industry Standard's Net 21

Jim Whitehead (
Thu, 24 Jun 1999 13:12:03 -0700

> Most Influential Standard-Bearer
> winner: Tim Berners-Lee, World Wide Web Consortium
> runner-up: Marc Andreessen, AOL

I'm wondering whether we're all confusing "standard-bearer", the person who
carries the standard, "a flag; colors; a banner; especially, a national or
other ensign", with "person who creates standards".

If the meaning is taken to be the person who acted as flag bearer, or, in
90's media-speak, a spokesperson or talking head, then the choice of
Andreessen makes sense, since he was very much the Web poster-boy in the
early years of Netscape.

- Jim