JSON Serialization (was Re: ES4 draft: Name)

Brendan Eich brendan at mozilla.org
Thu Mar 20 21:00:13 PDT 2008

On Mar 20, 2008, at 8:43 PM, Kris Zyp wrote:

> Is there any proposal for how to handle JSON serialization now that  
> we are
> using Name keyed properties? I know we've discussed this before,  
> but I can't
> remember where we left off, or if JSON serialization is even still  
> in ES4.

JSON was removed because the thinking about best API form factor  
shifted toward


That is poised to make a come-back per our last discussion of it at  
an Ecma TC39 meeting, but it hasn't reappeared yet.

However, as Doug pointed out, JSON is a language-independent standard,


It has no option for namespace-qualified property names. It also has  
no non-finite values with manifest names, or other things JS has. It  
differs in Unicode details too, subtly. The point is that JSON need  
not grow namespaces just because JS does in ES4.

> The big issue with JSON serialization was how to handle Names with  
> different
> namespaces, that might have identical identifiers. And related is the
> question of whether open namespaces have any bearing on  
> serialization (might
> be a mitigation for collisions).

When serializing, it's important to isolate and sanitize the object  
graph to be serialized. For one thing, it should be a tree. And then  
the other restrictions mentioned above come into play. So since JSON  
lacks namespaces, you should not be serializing namespace-qualified  
property names. And since the current thinking on enumeration by for- 
in constructs makes all names except those in the compatibility  
"noNS" empty namespace DontEnum, there's no need to filter for-in  


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