"Standard polynomial form" defines the ordering of terms to be by their power. For polynomials of one variable, this defines a unique ordering. e.g. $x^2 + x + 1$
With more than one variable, the "order" of a term is the sum of the powers, but this doesn't define a unique ordering. e.g. the terms in $a^3 + a^2b + ab^2 + b^3$ are all third order, so could be written in any ordering.
My question is about the definition of "standard polynomial form": does it define an ordering for the terms of polynomials of more than one variablle?
A secondary question is, if standard form does not actually define an ordering, is there a general ordering by convention?
In the above example, terms are ordered by the power of $a$. This could be generalized by first ordering by the power of the first variable alphabetically, if there are several, then order amongst them by the power of the next variable alphabetically etc. (There's probably a more concise way of describing this idea). e.g. $ab^4c + ab^3c^2 + ab^3c$
I notice that expansion of binomial powers $(a+b)^n$ are written in this order, but that's only one case.