Dueling standards: Java and ActiveX

Rohit Khare (khare@w3.org)
Tue, 18 Feb 1997 12:04:24 -0500 (EST)

This holier-than-thou race to "standardize" is getting comic. First, DCOM to
Open, ECMAScript from NS, and now ISO Java (though you gotta love the
assertion that JavaSoft is "just like" a vendor-neutral public standards



"Baratz also called on Microsoft to put Windows into a standards body.

"That's essentially what they've asked us to do with Java. They haven't even
turned over all of ActiveX -- just some very low-level communications
protocols," Baratz said. "If developers even want to cut and paste or drag and
drop, they have to use the Microsoft event model, which is proprietary. It's
just one more gimmick to hook people back on proprietary technology and

Baratz said JavaSoft handles Java the way a standards body would --
publishing the spec, asking for developer feedback, incorporating changes.

But Baratz said JavaSoft and the International Standards Organization have
made the process formal, and will make an announcement to that effect in a few

-> http://www.techweb.com/activexpress/xnews/0211javasoft.html