Sun Microsystems asks the ECMA to help establish Java as ISO standard

Sun Microsystems asks the ECMA to help establish Java as ISO standard
Tom Foremski
Sun Microsystems has approached the European Computer Manufacturers Association (ECMA) to help establish Java as an ISO standard.
Sun is hoping that ECMA will be able to establish Java as an international standard and bypass new rules that give ISO committees more control over the future of Java. Sun has been working as a designated submitter to ISO, a process criticised by Sun rivals but one that Sun says will speed up the standards process. But the rule change would force Sun to change its standardisation work and slow the entire process.
“By pairing the collaborative Java Community Process with ECMA’s proven standards process, we can achieve international standardisation while preserving rapid innovation and cross-platform compatibility,” said Alan Baratz, President of Java Software at Sun Microsystems.
Baratz had earlier accused Sun nemesis Microsoft of lobbying behind the scenes for the ISO rule changes.


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