Have you ever served on standards committee?
Its not pretty.
Companies send the loudest and most opinionated people to the things - not their best techies. The best techies are busy getting important stragegic things done. The people at the committees are devoted to making sure competitors can't get things done. This goal isn't explicit - rather there is a lot of "one upmanship" and angling for competitive advantage.
I don't put a lot of stock in standards these days. I do put a lot of stock in code, capability and compatibility.
"Whenever you find you are on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect" --Mark Twain
"The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them." --Albert Einstein
"This is still a dangerous world. It's a world of madmen and uncertainty and potential mental losses." --George W. Bush