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So I'm working on this application that creates files according to some early 90's "standard"...
I'm not sure how many applications use this standard, but not a lot.
The only application I've tested with, that can read these files, already made a mess of the standard, as did a sample file I got.

So anyway, the standard has a list of companies and codes, which is a bad idea because companies quit and start and so you have a standard that's constantly moving.
It's only a very specific niche type of company, so it's not like it changes daily, but once every few years at the least.
Judging from the names still in the list and some rather big companies missing, I can only assume this list is changed rather infrequently and code 099 (unknown) is used in a lot of cases.
Now we want our company (with two locations) to be added to the list, so we sent out a mail requesting new codes.
And bam, we got an email back saying that they're now added...

But what about everyone else who uses this standard?
What about the software that has to interpret these values?
You can't just change the standard because Sander send you an email (if only! Big Grin | :-D ).
This is not how a standard works! WTF | :WTF:

How about we use a government issued number that every company in this business is legally required to have?
And then maybe look up that number in some public repository.
Perhaps a CoC number or a number that's specific to this industry (there are actually more than one to choose from)?
Of course it would require considerate effort of all parties involved to implement that now Sigh | :sigh:

I'm just very quietly hoping these values are completely ignored by all parties using this standard (we've seen that to be the case for some other mandatory fields as well) Dead | X|

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