Manipulation of the execution context stack

Ian Hickson ian at
Mon Jul 21 13:29:19 PDT 2014

On Mon, 21 Jul 2014, Allen Wirfs-Brock wrote:
> On Jul 21, 2014, at 11:23 AM, Ian Hickson wrote:
> > 
> > 8.5 Initialization step 4 says "Push newContext onto the execution 
> > context stack", and step 8 calls NextTask. 8.4.2 NextTask suspends the 
> > running execution context in step 2, then in step 3 asserts "The 
> > execution context stack is now empty". However, I can't find anything 
> > in the prose around suspension that actually pops the execution 
> > context stack. Am I missing something?
> A job (task in the version you're looking at)

Is there a more up to date version I can look at? I couldn't quite work 
out what the canonical file to look at was. I've been using this:

> is always initialized (by NextJob) with an empty execution context 
> stack.

What step in NextJob does this? It seems that step 3 asserts it, but step 
1 doesn't seem to affect the stack, and step 2 refers to the "suspend" 
prose, which seems mostly non-normative (I can't quite tell it's normative 
status -- there's no step-by-step algorithms, which seems to be the way 
the ES spec indications normativity, but there's no RFC2119-style prose 
either, so I can't tell the descriptive statements in that section from 
the prescriptive ones).

> NextJob creates a root execution context and then transfers control (a 
> goto, not a call)

As phrased it's more like a tail-call, but the three are black-box 
indistinguishable at the spec level, so that's somewhat academic.

> [...] We are essentially faking up an initial current job state that 
> NextJob can switch out of when scheduling the first real job.

I guess what I'm saying is that it's not clear to me where the "switch 
out" step happens. Do you have a pointer?

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