Java News from Thursday, January 27, 2005

Nokia has posted the proposed final draft specification of JSR 238, Mobile Internationalization API, to the Java Community Process (JCP). This includes one package,, with five classes: Formatter, ResourceException, ResourceManager, StringComparator, and UnsupportedLocaleException. Basically, this seems to be a simplified version of some of java.text. The over the Connected, Limited Device Configuration (CLDC) 1.1 or later is required. Comments are due by December 6.

Sun has submitted JSR-268, Java Smart Card I/O API to the JCP. According to the JSR, "Smart Cards, also called integrated circuit cards, are small computing devices that usually come in a credit card sized form factor. Server and PC applications interact with Smart Cards by exchanging APDUs (Application Protocol Data Units) with them. This JSR will define a Java API for such APDU based communication. The API will be designed to be compact but sufficiently complete to satisfy the majority of applications. We envision an API roughly equivalent in features to the resource manager in the PC/SC Workgroup specifications." Comments are due by February 7.