Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 9th May 2007 10:08 UTC, submitted by Ford Prefect
Java Sun Microsystems has announced the release of an open-source version of its Java Development Kit for Java Platform Standard Edition. Sun has contributed the software to the OpenJDK Community as free software under the GNU GPLv2. Sun also announced that OpenJDK-based implementations can use the JCK (Java SE 6 Technical Compatibility Kit) to establish compatibility with the Java SE 6 specification. OpenBSD has already started importing the release.
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sbergman27
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2005-07-24

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Most so-called language standards are not standards but merely an interpretation of how the language is being used at that time the "standard" was created.
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Back when I was in high school (many moons ago), one of my English teachers would often say that dictionaries are "descriptive" rather than "prescriptive".

I whole-heartedly agree that is the way it *should* be.

Grammar guides should be the same way.

And yet dictionaries and grammar standards are frequently used to demonstrate that users of a particular word or grammatical expression are *incorrect*.

This is particularly irritating when the person wielding the dictionary or grammar manual is using out of date information. e.g. "irregardless" is a perfectly good word today. And the phrase "begs the question" (confusingly) can mean either "passes over the question" or "suggests the question". (The word "beg" is now its own antonym).

Amusingly, I was sitting next to a crotchety old guy one evening at a meeting, when someone used the word "irrelevant". I heard him utter under his breath, in an irritated way, that there was no such word as "irrelevant"! :-)

I started to correct him. But decided not to bother.

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