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Re: Place under sun (was: XPointer and Sun patent)

At 5:20 PM +0100 1/13/01, Alexey Gokhberg wrote:

>"Document Object Model (DOM) Level 2 Core Specification Version 1.0. W3C
>Recommendation 13 November 2000" (http://www.w3.org/TR/DOM-Level-2-Core)
>specifies the collection of abstract DOM interfaces, as well as bindings
>for few languages.
>Bindings for the following languages are specified:
>     * Java
>     * ECMAScript
>Therefore, the only general purpose programming language supported by
>this specification is privately owned (and, strictly speaking,
>non-standard) Java. Plenty of other languages, recognized by
>international standard authorities (and widely used by the world
>community), like Ada, C, C++, Cobol, etc., are not supported.

These are very good points and should be addressed in future 
revisions of these specifications. However, there is one common 
factual error here. ECMAScript, aka JavaScript, is not Java and is 
not owned by Sun Microsystems or any other company. It is an official 
standard of the European Computer Manufacturers Association. Version 
2 (though not yet version 3) was approved by the ISO as well using a 
fast-track process. See http://www.ecma.ch/ecma1/stand/ecma-262.htm 
That's not quite as good as true ISO standardization IMHO but it is 
vendor-neutral standardization.

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