A plan to help TC39 become more open up to community contributions and participations

Allen Wirfs-Brock allen at wirfs-brock.com
Wed Jun 15 21:30:54 UTC 2016


> On Jun 15, 2016, at 2:12 PM, Bob Myers <rtm at gol.com> wrote:
> 
> If you are referring to the standard ECMA-2 for a subset of ALGOL 60, this was not a "standard for a programming language", but rather for a particular ill-advised crippling of ALGOL, which not only removed `own` (sort of static) variables, but much more importantly removed the key feature of recursion, and bizarrely made identifiers unique only up to six characters (!), probably at the behest of some manufacturer that had 6-byte words, allowing them to claim that their implementation was "conformant" to this truncated "standard". Hardly one of their best moments.
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Yup, all true.  but my point was simply that Ecma working with software (and in particular programming languages) is not new or unusual.

Allen



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