The International Standards Organisation (ISO) is meeting this week to discuss taking on a potential role in standardising Java. The Java Study Group, which the ISO formed last September, will meet on 7-8 January at Javasoft's headquarters in Cupertino, California, along with suppliers such as Microsoft, IBM and Hewlett-Packard, to look at what should be standardised and how.
Meanwhile, Microsoft is believed to be rewriting the licensing agreement for its Java software developers kit (SDK) and Visual J++ Java development environment. The current icence states that any package developed using the tools is intended ?for use with the Microsoft Virtual Machine for Java?, which has led users to fear they are in breach of contract if they run their applets on other vendors? virtual machines.
This has apparently led to lawyers in some organisations advising programmers against using the products and reawakened concerns about lock-in into the Windows environment. The reworded licensing agreement will be more flexible.
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