Sun's attempt to establish the Java language as a standard has taken a severe knock.
At a meeting last Thursday in Fairfax, Virginia, the ISO/IEC standards body rejected Sun's application to become a recognised Publicly Available Specification (PAS) submitter for Java technology.
Among the concerns the group raised over the application were Sun's trademarking of the Java name and uncertainty over who would take responsibility for future maintenance of a Java standard.
The US ISO/IEC group was also unhappy with the technologies Sun proposed to submit to the standards process.
Its vote is part of a larger international standards process being guided by the ISO/IEC JTC-1 National Member bodies, which covers 30 countries.
Each member country must cast a vote by 15 July 1997, after which time ISO/IEC will count the votes and respond to Sun.
Sun is certain to be disappointed with the decision.
It said it planned to work closely with ISO/IEC in order to better understand the standardisation process.
"Once we have carefully reviewed the comments, we will follow (the standardisation) process," Sun said in a statement. "We feel confident that we can satisfactorily address the issues that the US group has raised."
Sun is still adamant that the ISO/IEC route it has taken is the most effective method of transposing the Java specifications into international standards with the minimum disruption.
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