The global object in browsers

Ian Hickson ian at
Wed Feb 18 15:24:16 PST 2009

On Tue, 17 Feb 2009, Allen Wirfs-Brock wrote:
> Perhaps this would be a good initial W3C HTML WG/ECMA TC-39 joint work 
> item if we can expeditiously get past the bureaucratic hurdles.  The 
> fact that there isn't an existing consensus behavior among the major 
> browsers would seem to present an opportunity to step back a bit and 
> take a new look at the problem.

This would be fine by me, though it should be noted that the people who 
will ultimately decide what the answer is here are those who will be 
implementing it, and there is nobody who falls into that camp who is on 
the public-html at list and is not on the es-discuss list as far as I 
am aware. So it's not clear that there would be any benefit to the getting 
past the bureaucratic hurdles.

I'm happy to spec into HTML5 whatever the majority of implementations 
eventually do (i.e. HTML5 will just track reality, whatever that is), I 
would hope the same applies to the ES specs. :-)

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