John-David Dalton john.david.dalton at
Thu Dec 13 20:25:06 PST 2012

Yap yap, so thoughts on `BuiltinNumberWrapper` instead of `Type(…)`? It
would still prevent the global `isNaN('foo')` confusion. Though
`, Object(NaN))` currently returns `false` too. Was this just
an oversight? I know `Object(NaN)` is totally edge case but it still has
the brand of BultinNumberWrapper and is NaN (boxed).

On Thu, Dec 13, 2012 at 8:18 PM, Luke Hoban <lukeh at> wrote:

> >> From: Mark S. Miller [mailto:erights at]
> >>
> >> In that case, the current spec is wrong. The purpose of introducing
> Number.isNaN is to repair the >> following bug in the global isNaN:
> >>
> >>     isNaN("foo") // returns true
> Indeed, as Yusuke noted on the other reply, I referred to the wrong
> 'isNaN'.  And as you note, the point of the 'Number.isNaN' variant is to
> avoid any coercions.
> That still leave's JDD's original suggestion to allow
> Number.isNaN(Object(NaN)) to return 'true' by checking for either primitive
> or boxed Number.  It feels a little odd to introduce another kind of
> limited coercion into the language, but perhaps it is practically valuable
> to not differentiate boxed and unboxed numbers here?
> Luke
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