Is something “candidate” or “candidated” to become a standard?

The context is technical in the IT field. Taking for example the https protocol would you say:

The https protocol is candidate to become in the main standard 

or

The https protocol is candidated to become the main standard.

To me it seems candidate is more suitable for people rather than for things.

Also is to the right preposition?

Answer

Candidate is normally a noun, not an adjective, or past participle.

Here’s how Merriam Webster defines it

candidate noun

1 a : one that aspires to or is nominated or qualified for an office, membership, or award
//a candidate for governor
//a candidate for “Manager of the Year”
//the best candidate for the job

b : one likely or suited to undergo or be chosen for something specified
//a candidate for surgery

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/candidate

The second definition fits this context: “The https protocol is a candidate to become the main standard” or “The https protocol is a candidate for the main standard.”

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