"The specification is for a generic Internet scripting language," Cook said. "What we're shooting for here is something that is independent of any company."
Analysts said the effort could be critical for the growth of an Internet scripting standard.
"Over time, [incompatibilities] would become a real sore point," said Clay Ryder, a senior industry analyst with Zona Research. "If there were multiple Visual Basics, there wouldn't be the ubiquity of apps there are today."
Also in attendance at this week's meeting was AAC Group, Apple Computer, Borland International, GTW Associates, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Mainsoft, NIST, Nombas, Pithecanthropus, Silicon Graphics, and Unisys.