"Standards"

 

Standards: don't we love them, there are so many...

Synonyms: accepted, popular, classic, prevailing, recognized, authoritative, official, definitive, usual, customary

We need another word when dealing with software development, the word "standard" does not mean what you think it means. None of the synonyms listed above apply to our use of the word "standard" .
  • anything that changes, by definition, is not a standard
  • the word "standard" can never be applied to a data structure
  • "authoritative" and "official" can only be applied in a closed system

Webster:  a means of determining what a thing should be. standard applies to any definite rule, principle, or measure established by authority.