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July 2, 1997updated 05 Sep 2016 12:37pm


By CBR Staff Writer

Sun Microsystems Inc’s attempt to become a submitter of Publicly Available Specification (PAS) to the International Standards Organization (ISO) has got off to a slow start. So far we know the decisions of about seven of the 30-odd countries that are scheduled to vote by July 14, and the first results don’t look too encouraging. Representatives of eight countries attended a meeting of ISO’s Special Committee 22 Java study Group (SC22 JSG) in London on Monday. The main outcome of the meeting was the votes of some of the representatives present. The US was the first to vote a couple of weeks ago, and it went for No, with comments. The only whole-hearted Yes came from Austria, which also said it was curious to see anything Sun wanted to submit as a standard. France went for No with comments, adding that having Sun do the maintenance for the standard is unacceptable, preferring a more traditional FastTrack ISO process. The UK has not voted yet, and there’s no indication of which way it will jump. Japan has just voted, and while no official line is in, it’s expected to be a Yes with comments. Finland, likewise hasn’t voted, but is expected to be an outright No, as is the Netherlands, while Norway has voted and went for No with comments. So that’s one Yes, one Yes with comments, with one more probably, one No, with one probably, three No with comments. Canada just couldn’t make up its mind, and went for the fudge of Abstain with comments. Some representatives are still contemplating the possibility of going forward with Java standardization without Sun if needs be, thought this is thought highly unlikely. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), which is handling the ballot for ISO, says it’s not allowed to diclose any informationm about the voting until the ballot closes.

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