Sun has changed its plans on the process to gain International Standards Organisation (ISO) certification for Java, as it was unhappy with the level of control the standards organisation would have over the specification.
In a conference call today, Alan Baratz, president of Java software at Sun, said that when the company originally began the process with ISO two years ago, it was submitted to a technical committee within the body called JTC1.
However, Baratz said that JTC1 decided that it, rather than Sun, would be responsible for what it described as the "maintenance" of Java.
He commented: "We initially understood that this meant minor changes to Java, but it became clear that JTC1 meant the ongoing evolution of Java and this was unacceptable."
Baratz explained that instead, Sun would submit the Java specification to the European Computer Manufacturers Association (Ecma) instead of ISO.
"The Java specification will be submitted to Ecma on 24 June," he said, "From there, Ecma's technical committee will write a draft standard which will take until October. Then in December, the Ecma committee will vote on the standard. When this process is complete, the standard can then be submitted to ISO for fast track adoption."
Baratz said that despite the change in process, Sun is still committed to making Java an international standard contrary to industry rumours.
"It's a change in path [towards standardisation], that's all," he said.
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