Sun Microsystems has won the first round in its battle to make Java an international standard. It has gained approval to submit its technology to the International Standards Organisation (ISO), with only the US and China voting against the move.
Of the 24 countries that had a vote, two abstained and 20 - including the UK - voted in favour of Sun's bid to be a 'Publicly Available Submitter'. This enables it to put Java through the two stages of approval for adoption as an ISO standard. The PAS system in effect provides a fast track through the standards process, and Sun opponents have argued it leaves the vendor with too much control over the future direction of the technology.
Sun expects the next two stages to take several months, even on the fast track, since some parts of the specification are still to be defined.
"What we submit depends on what the de facto standard is at the time," commented Jim Mitchell, vice president at Javasoft.
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