Attribute defaults for Object.defineProperty
Ingvar von Schoultz
ingvar-v-s at comhem.se
Sun Aug 24 11:07:42 PDT 2008
Garrett Smith wrote:
> It seems that the
> documentation is very unclear and that is the source of the confusion.
> The 3.1 draft defines [[Flexible]] as a property attribute:-
> | [[Flexible]] boolean If true, attempts to delete the
> | property or change its attributes will succeed. Otherwise,
> | the property is said to be sealed. See the description of the
> | delete operator in section 11.4.1, and the reflective Object
> | methods .
> That definition of [[Flexible]] seems to imply:
> 1) true - property can be deleted using - delete - operator.
> 2) false - property is sealed. What is sealed?
You missed a very important part: "or change its attributes".
[[Flexible]] affects what you can do with a property and its
attributes. It will feel more concrete if you change the word
| [[Flexible]] boolean If true, attempts to change the attributes
| of the property, or to delete the property, will succeed.
Ignore "sealed", that word adds confusion. [[Flexible]] is not
about an object as a whole.
There's a more informative description on page 9 of the PDF
document that is linked to here:
Quoting from there, the following text talks about what this
| In ES3 the possible basic state transitions of a property are
| to create the property, to change the value of the property,
| and to delete the property. The ES3 ReadOnly and DontDelete
| property attributes regulate the ability make the latter two
| transitions. With the addition of getter/setter properties
| and reified property attributes, there are additional possible
| property state transitions such as replacing a getter or setter
| function, changing an attribute of a property, changing a data
| property into a getter/setter property, and changing a getter/setter
| property into a data property.
I hope this helps.
Ingvar von Schoultz
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