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Sun Microsystems Inc has requested and been granted an extension to its deadline for replying to the comments that were submitted over its application to become a standards submitter to the International Standards Organization (ISO). Sun is applying to be a submitter so it can push the core elements of Java through the process and make it an ISO standard. Some 24 out of the 27 countries questioned voted on Sun’s submission, with three approving outright, 5 approving with comments, 15 disapproving with comments and one, Canada, abstaining. It is those comments that Sun was due to have addressed by Wednesday this week, but it has now been granted an extension until next Tuesday, September 23. Sun said it has met with many of the national standards committees over the last 60 days and in the interest of fully addressing those comments it asked for the date to be pushed back. Most of the comments centered around the acceptability or otherwise of a commercial entity like Sun becoming a standards submitter – which is unprecedented at ISO; which elements of Java Sun intended to submit and exactly who was to maintain the standard – Sun or the ISO-affiliated bodies.

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