ISO's U.S. Body Votes on Sun's Application to become International Standard Submitter

Cupertino, CA, Oct. 28 -- Representatives of ISO's U.S. Technical Advisory Group (U.S. TAG) voted today against Sun Microsystems' Inc.'s application to become a "Publicly Available Specification Submitter"to submit Java ™ platform technologies to become international standards.

To date, Australia, Denmark, France, Hungary, Sweden, and the United Kingdom have approved Sun's application under rules established by the International Organization for Standards (ISO).

The deadline for all 27 national regulatory bodies voting in the ISO process is November 14. According to ISO, if a consensus of the organizations approves Sun's application, Sun will become a Submitter of Publicly Available Specifications (PAS) and could submit Java platform specifications for review as an international standard.

Other countries which will vote on Sun's application in the next two weeks are: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, and Switzerland.

Last spring, in a preliminary evaluation of Sun's application, the U.S. TAG cast a vote of "no, with comments," to request further information from Sun.

At ISO's invitation, Sun filed its request to be a PAS Submitter in March. ISO national member bodies had until July 15 to evaluate Sun's application and register initial comments.

Sun answered those comments in writing by a Sept. 24 deadline set by ISO. National member bodies now must cast their final ballots on Sun's application by Nov. 14.

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