Javasoft has denied reports that it plans to make Opendoc the default container for its Java Beans application programming interfaces and components, in an attempt to take on Microsoft?s ActiveX technology.
IBM is already working with Apple on a bridge between Java Beans and Opendoc, which should be ready by the third quarter of this year, while Javasoft is developing a bridge from Java Beans to ActiveX, which is due in March.
But Amy Smith, Javasoft?s European marketing manager, said the Sun unit did not want to be pushed into establishing opposing Opendoc versus ActiveX camps as a result of pressure from IBM.
?I don?t see great value in making OpenDoc the default container. It never got a lot of market penetration and the idea behind developing Java Beans in the first place was that there was no cross-platform component architecture on the market,? she said.
She added that Javasoft would look at any proposals submitted by IBM and Apple, but had received none as yet.
However, IBM is believed to be working on a specification, together with partners such as Apple, Sunsoft and Netscape, to try to merge the best elements of both products.
Big Blue was not available for comment, but the merged specification, dubbed Javadoc, is not expected before this summer at the earliest due to uncertainties about how such an offering would be implemented.
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