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FlashDance
10-03-2011, 11:07 AM
I am new to JavaScript and looking for its specification so I can learn from the manual. I see its made by Netscape, which is now liquidated... and cannot find a consortium for it.. so, am I correct in guessing its now a lost tribe?

Philip M
10-03-2011, 12:35 PM
http://www.ecma-international.org/publications/standards/Ecma-262.htm
But the specification is of extremely poor quality. It is difficult to read and very difficult to understand.
You would do far better to concentrate on on-line resources such as w3schools, and this forum.

Netscape is now at one with Nineveh and Tyre.

FlashDance
10-03-2011, 12:45 PM
Erk, that "manual" is written horribly. I can't understand ****. It looks like it was made for (and by) womanless losers that have so much time on their hands they don't know what to do with it.
No wonder web standards are such a joke. 99.9% of people will not read that thing. What a fail.

Thanks for finding it anyway Phil. (Y)

venegal
10-03-2011, 01:35 PM
Erk, that "manual" is written horribly. I can't understand ****.

That's because you're not supposed to read it! It's made for people implementing a Javascript engine (i.e. browser vendors), to make sure that their interpretation of Javascript adheres to a standard, and will thus not differ too much from the Javascript interpretation of any other browser.

That means that it's the worst possible fit for someone new to Javascript.

I look some things up there, now and then, if I stumble upon inconsistent behavior between browsers and want to know what the right one is, but if you're looking for a readable but (unlike w3schools) exhaustive Javascript reference, I recommend https://developer.mozilla.org/en/JavaScript/Reference.

If you're an absolute beginner, you can have a look at w3schools, of course, but I promise you that you are not going to be happy with it for long.

Dormilich
10-04-2011, 10:13 AM
No wonder web standards are such a joke. 99.9% of people will not read that thing. What a fail.

thatís because standards are not manuals. and like venegal already said, they have to be 100% exact and thatís what makes them difficult to read for the regular user.



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