Hi, I'm teaching a course on free software philosophy and procedures, and we started talking about following standards. One of the students asked me, which standards does the Debian project adhere to and participate in. My first answer was that it's a good thing that there are so many standards to choose from, and what we do is to package software adhering to the different standards... But then I realized I was lying. Debian does take care to implement several standards (i.e. following a LSB-compliant POSIX system, having several implementations that comply with FreeDesktop, etc.) Debian Developers (and other contributors) work actively in several standards producing bodies (I joined some IETF/IRTF lists and was happy to spot more than a few familiar names there; I know the Debian project takes part in OASIS). So... Knowing I will give incomplete knowledge at best, as not every Debian-related person follows this list, could you help me fill in the gaps? Please reply if you know about a standards body Debian is formally a part of or has a delegate in, or if you as a person have Debian involvement and perform some kind of work for such a body, particularly if one plays a part in the other. Oh! And such bodies are often quite opaque to the uninitiated. Please also give a short description on what the body in question is! Thanks for the help!
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