Java Standardization

Gregory Alan Bolcer (
Thu, 06 May 1999 09:16:34 -0700

This showed up on the Java ACES this morning. Too
bad somebody doesn't submit an ISO-ECMA standard for


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=B7 Sun remains firmly committed to submitting the specifications for=20
the Java Platform to ISO for standardization. =20
=B7 Sun will submit the Java Platform to ISO through ECMA. ECMA is a=20
sub-group of ISO and has agreed to sponsor the Java Platform=20
=B7 Sun is using this route because ECMA has over the years demonstrated=20
an outstanding track record for the rapid development of international=20
standards in an open, consensus-based forum. They are a mature,=20
proven path to ISO.=20
David Harrah=09=09=09=09=09=09=09
Sun Microsystems, Inc.
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Darcy Harrison
Burson-Marsteller for
Sun Microsystems, Inc.
(415) 591-4029


Java Technology Submitted to ECMA for Standardization

Palo Alto, CA - May 6, 1999 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. today
announced that it has submitted the Java technology to ECMA for formal
standardization. ECMA, formerly known as the European Computer
Manufacturers Association, has almost 40 years of experience as an
international information and communications technology standardization
body. The details of the submission will be formally presented at the
ECMA General Assembly Meeting, to be held in Kyoto, Japan on June 24,
1999. ECMA is a Class A ISO liaison, and this unique relationship
allows ECMA standards to be forwarded to ISO for adoption as
international standards. ISO has adopted over 100 ECMA standards using
this path.

"Rapid innovation, cross-platform compatibility and technical excellence
have always been the development imperatives for the Java technology,
and now with the delivery of the Java 2 platform, it is appropriate to
standardize the Java platform," said Dr. Alan Baratz, President of Java
Software, Sun Microsystems Inc. "Sun developed and evolved the Java
platform using principles of collaboration and technical excellence
formally called the Java Community Process. The Java Community Process
is a well-established and proven method for rapidly evolving the Java
technology, and we want to maintain the benefits it provides while
standardizing Java technology. We are extremely pleased to work with
ECMA to present our Java specifications for adoption as a formal
international standard."

"ECMA is very pleased to receive this proposal from Sun Microsystems,"
said Jan van den Beld, Secretary General of ECMA. "The Java community uses =
efficient, collaborative process for defining and enhancing the Java
technology. This Java Community Process, paired with ECMA's proven
standards process will ensure that Java technology's rapid innovation is=20
followed by the stability that is the hallmark of international standards."

Today's announcement represents a change in the procedure Sun will use
to submit Java technology, but fulfills the company's pledge to achieve ISO
standardization of the Java technology. At the same time, it ensures
that the Java Community Process and the industry's involvement in innovatin=
g new=20
uses for the technology remain an integral component in the evolution of th=
Java technology.

Sun had previously announced that it would submit the Java specification
to ISO through the Publicly Available Specification process (PAS). "In=20
examining our standardization options, our primary goal always has been to=
preserve the industry's substantial investment in evolving and using the Ja=
technology," said Dr. Baratz. "By paring the collaborative Java Community=
Process with ECMA's proven standards process, we can achieve international=
standardization while preserving rapid innovation and cross-platform=20

Sun has submitted to ECMA the Java 2 Standard Edition (J2SE), Version
1.2.2. This specification, which is being widely adopted and used by the
international Java community, consists of:
=B7 the Java Language specification
=B7 the Java Virtual Machine(TM) Specification, and
=B7 the Java API Core Class Library(TM) Specifications.

Once the standard is approved by the ECMA General Assembly, ECMA can
contribute the standard to ISO for fast-track approval.

Allen Brown, Chief Operating Officer and acting President of The Open
Group consortium, commented, "As one of the original ISO PAS submitters, Op=
Group strongly supports the standardization of Java technology and is pleas=
that Sun has initiated the ISO standardization process through ECMA. The Op=
Group will strive to provide Sun and ECMA with any support they need so tha=
Java technology becomes an open standard."

"The Object Management Group, a current ISO PAS submitter, is delighted
that Sun is working with ECMA for ISO standardization," said Richard Soley,
Chairman and CEO of the Object Management Group consortium.
"Historically, Sun has supported open, neutral standards - they've strongly=
supported the Object Management Group for almost a decade. The Object Manag=
Group is pleased to work with both Sun and ECMA as they work together to=20
standardize Java technology."

About ECMA and ISO

ECMA and ISO are headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland
( and The ISO/IEC JTC 1 Secretariat i=
administered by the American National Standards Institute located at 11 Wes=
42nd Street, New York, NY, 10036 (

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision, "The Network Is The
Computer(TM)," has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW), to
its position as a leading provider of high quality hardware, software and
services for establishing enterprise-wide intranets and expanding the power=
the Internet. With more than $11 billion in annual revenues, Sun can be
found in more than 150 countries and on the World Wide Web at=20

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Sun, the Sun logo, Sun Microsystems, Java, Java Virtual Machine, Java
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