The US Technical Advisory Group (TAG) has voted against Sun Microsystems' application to have Java adopted as a standard by the International Standards Organisation (ISO).
The vote is widely viewed as the first phase in the standards process, but may only slow the process down rather than prevent it completely.
The 29-strong TAG committee voted yesterday in Fairfax, Virginia, on whether Sun should become the first supplier to become a Publically Available Specification (PAS) submitter.
Companies usually submit their technology to standards bodies such as the Open Group for ratification as a standard first, before passing it on to ISO.
But the issue of Sun?s PAS submission has raised criticisms from the industry that the company is trying to rush Java through the ISO before rivals such as Microsoft have the chance to offer any input. Others claim that Sun wants the kudos involved in making Java a standard without relinquishing control of the technology.
Amy Porter, Javasoft?s European marketing manager, said: ?I?m not sure of the reasons why people have voted against this. Some of the comments related to Sun being the first company to have submitted technology without going through a standards body, while others questioned whether we should have the right to retain the trademark. But, if it?s not accepted, I expect we?ll take another route because most people agree that Java should become a standard.?
She added that Sun had decided to become a PAS submitter because going through a standards body would have added another two years to the process and Sun believed Java needed to become a standard as quickly as possible, given how quickly the Internet landscape was changing.
?People have attributed our move to nefarious and sinister motives, but it was a speed issue. We didn?t feel it was appropriate to go that slow,? she said.
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