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Re: Start me up -Reply
On Fri, 31 Oct 1997 12:28:24 -0500 (EST), Sam Goodhope wrote:
>Now that we are over introductions, I would like to throw out a
>substantive issue--the ISO's standardization process regarding Java.
>What's up with the recent US vote against Java? How does ANSI fit into
>the ISO picture? Who is on the "JC-1" committee?
My understanding of the ISO standardization process, with which I had
been closely involved while at Digital through the 1980s, is that it is not
without its politics.
ISO and ANSI maintain themselves primarily by the sale of standards
and recommendation papers. Technical standards' committees are largely
made up of industry participants. It is my current belief why Sun is
maintaining tight control of Java is because, should it move too quickly into
these forums (which I believe it would like to), it risks loss of a "level playing
field" through Microsoft's economic clout and control tactics.
This is my present opinion; I would like to hear more from those closer
to today's international standardization process, particularly the "election"
processes of these bodies.