Ahh, Chief Reason, I should have known I'd find you here (well, I was here too, but since we are bringing our discussion to others, I agree our dialogue would be useful here as well).
We have been having a little chat about the perceptions and issues involving standards and regulations and maybe the readers here would like to say their piece as well. Art has some great points about the issues of standards, mainly that the consensus standards that have been adopted as American National Standards (like your various NFPA standards) since they are being used by OSHA to perform their regulatory duties, should be published and distributed for free, since we all have to live by them.
I don't have a general argument against that, but I do see the side of those organizations that develop consensus standards and know that the development of them isn't cheap (and someone has to pay for the light bill). So what is your take on them?