Sun's JavaSoft division will become the standard-bearer for Java, as it gained a majority of member support in its bid with the International Standards Organization (ISO) this week. The United States, Ireland, and China voted against Sun getting gatekeeper status, while Switzerland and Italy abstained. The remaining 20 member countries voted in favor of granting Sun the Publicly Available Specification (PAS) status for Java.

The official announcement will be made Monday. Until then, Sun will keep a low profile.

"The ISO has stated that a simple majority will decide the matter," said Lisa Poulson, a spokesperson for Sun. "But the ISO will announce the vote on Monday and we are not going to comment until then."

Now, Sun can submit the Java language, the Java Virtual Machine, and some Java APIs for ISO approval as well.