Perception of Standards

I wonder whats the overal perceptions of standards. Living in a FLOSS bubble, everyone agree with standards and are proud advocates of what we call REAL standards as opposed to vendor-oriented standards.

We believe on XML, SVG, clean XHTML design with all the AAA certification, Section 508 and all that accesibility. However people on the other side of the spectrum might not think the same thing. I was always curious about it since most of the people I join actually agree with me.

I wonder if there is people out there that might disagree. I would like to hear about them.