New Java standard emerges

JavaSoft announced today that JDK 1.1 is due to be posted on the Web in beta form on Dec. 9 and will be commercially available in the first quarter of next year. Among the advances in JDK 1.1 is a complete rewrite of the Abstract Windowing Toolkit (AWT), with the biggest improvement coming on the Win32 platform. JavaSoft also will include its object container technology, called JavaBeans, as well as support for the Unicode character set that enables Java applets and applications to be created in foreign languages. On the E-commerce side, JavaSoft next month will post an early developer version of an Electronic Commerce Toolkit that is based on the Java Commerce APIs

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