package keyword reserved?

Brendan Eich brendan at
Fri Apr 11 14:28:10 PDT 2014

Jonathan Bond-Caron wrote:
> What’s the history of the unused keyword “package”, is it from Java?

In 1995, I reserved all the Java (JDK1.0 era) reserved identifiers.

ES1 kept them, but ES5 cut way back, yet kept 'package' among others as 
reserved in strict code. No one had a championed proposal for 'package', 
though. It was reserved along with others because "it seemed like a 
better idea than unreserving".

Please don't rush to contrive a use for 'package' without a use-case.


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