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CNET News.com: Sun seeks control of Java process

May 07, 1999, 18:21 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"As expected, Sun today announced that it submitted its Java specification to ECMA, formerly known as the European Computer Manufacturers Association. If ECMA accepts the task, it would set out rules for how Java works and then pass its standard to the ISO for consideration. ISO certification would make it easier for companies and governments to incorporate Java.

Sun dropped its earlier plan to go through the 'publicly available specification' (PAS) process of an ISO committee called JTC1, or the Joint Technical Committee 1."

"In a nutshell, the difference between the processes offered by the respective organizations comes down to the method used to control Java. JTC1's methodology and the PAS process hands control of the action to the committee. The Java Community Process lets Sun keep some of the control, namely crucial veto and nominating powers."

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