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RE: What is a standard and why standards bodies won't sue you (wa sRE: ISO intellectual property (was Standards))

And in today's world, Sun made the right *competitive* 
decision.  Now all they have to fight is C# if it 
is indeed a better performer which considering it's inventors 
took the concepts of Java and othr VM languages and 
improved them, it should be.


Ekam sat.h, Vipraah bahudhaa vadanti.
Daamyata. Datta. Dayadhvam.h

-----Original Message-----
From: John Cowan [mailto:jcowan@reutershealth.com]

Lisa Rein wrote:

> 1)  ISO Standards (the only "real" international standards)

There are a few others, like ITU standards.

> Sun wasn't allowed to make Java an ISO standard [...]

Sun could have done so.  AFAIK, negotiations broke down on the term
"Java", which Sun wanted to keep for themselves -- they proposed
that the Standard use the clumsy phrase "the programming language
for the JAVA(tm) workstation"(!)  And on the question of who would
be responsible for further changes: "Sun", saith Sun; "an ISO WG", saith

"Indeed the Arguments on both Sides were Invincible."
	--Jno. Swift