Language (international conventions)
- English, for commerce and science
- French, for diplomacy and politics
- UTF-8 character set, the common denominator for Unicode, so all known languages can be used in electronic media.
- RS2 update to the Reciprocal System, for general science and astronomy, as it was specifically created for this purpose.
- Spiral Dynamics, for human behavior and valuing.
- Jungian psychology, for general psychology and terminology.
(Would need some help here, as I do not know if there are conventions or standards in these areas. Perhaps the frequency-note relationship should be included as a standard for anything we create.)
Computers and Electronic Communication
- OpenOffice/LibreOffice, the open source/free version of Microsoft Office that uses international standards (the OpenDocument format). Contains a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, drawings, and database interface.
- PostgreSQL database, follows ANSI SQL standards and is fast, efficient, loaded with options, and free. (I previously used MySQL, but it has become too bloated and slow in the free editions.)
- Java programming language, for formal applications as the same code runs without change on any operating system, and it is fast, efficient, interactive and supports multimedia presentation.
- PHP, web programming, mainly because it is fast and easy, and has the most free software available for it. (This board is in PHP, as well as the main site, the RS sites and CH sites.)
- OpenGL graphics language, for graphic interaction.
- Git version control repositories, though difficult to follow, provides superior ways to share and distribute information. (I am currently using Subversion, as I have not yet been able to get the git interface to work properly on the server. GitHub is an option, but then you don't own your code--somebody else has it, and can remove it at their whim.)
- Netbeans IDE (Interactive Development Environment), as it was designed specifically for the Java platform and also supports many other programming languages.
- POVray 3D rendering, free, open source and very easy to use 3D rendering software that utilizes constructive, solid geometry. Can produce very realistic images if you put the time and effort into it.
- FreeCAD, the best I've found so far for 3D design, that can be exported to 3D printers.
Nota Bene: these standards are "tools of the trade," so take the time to learn how to use them properly. A small investment of time "up front" can save many hours of time later on, when you use the tools correctly. (Particularly with computer software.) Granted, you can bang in a nail with a screwdriver but it is a lot more work. Once you understand what tools do and what abilities they have, you will then know how to use, as Scotty always said, "the right tool, for the right job!"
Also consider... take a little more time to do something right, preview a post, style paragraphs in documents, chose words that easily translate into other languages. Improve the quality of what you communicate on the outside and you will find that you also improve the quality of how you communicate on the inside.