API for text editing

Brendan Eich brendan at mozilla.org
Thu Oct 18 16:07:23 PDT 2012

Brendan Eich wrote:
> JS the core language and JS the DOM ("level 0", more or less -- mostly 
> less) originated with me in Netscape 2 in 1995. Why did two standards 
> bodies end up working on these two "JS" aspects? Mostly politics and 
> some division of expert labor flowing from politics of the market 
> powers back then.

I should have added, to back up Norbert and Boris on the core-language 
vs. web-facing (and often browser-not-server-side web-facing, although 
the browser/server line is getting blurry) division of labor, that 
anything to-do with glyphs and font widths and editing is pretty 
squarely not fit for the core-language specifications that Ecma TC39 


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