A standard dating back to 1987?
I remember plain VGA being introduced as a standard in 1987, but back then I seem to remember every manufacturer going "Pah! 640x480 in 16 colours? We can do better than that" and everyone found their own way of building on top of VGA to create a mess of different SVGAs and lots of display drivers that came with every piece of software that wanted to use them. It wasn't until the 90s with the VESA VBE video bios extensions that things got a bit more standardised and even then there was no guarantee that a mode you'd used on one card would exist on another.