... What needs to be standardized, then, is not the language per-se, but the rules by which a language is selected. The IF statements. If you read through the standards documents on the IETF's website, you are not looking at a single, all-encompassing rule. You are looking at possibly a few thousand rules, with enough logic behind them to determine which rule applies. ..."
Every so often an insightfull, perhaps even usefull post appears on slashdot. I like the pragmatic approach to the discussion in the article linked to above - the author seems to have an appreciation of the root problem that can get "mis-solved" in language standardisation.