Message from JavaScript discussions

October 2018

— Happens in node as well


One of the main reasons there’s so much bad blood between W3C and WHATWG is because Apple/MS/Google all made the problems they claimed to solve WORSE beforehand, ignoring the careful XHTML planning of W3C and opening a black hole of confusion for no good reason

— Not for me

— Chrome fails, node succeeds

— Chrome, node (tested on versions 6-10),
new Date("5") is April 30th 2001

— W3C: “lets spend 10 years refining the ultimate stable DOM spec”
WHATWG members: “lets add stuff because it sounds cool!”

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— Firefox, edge and chakracore: new Date("5") is Invalid Date

— Now W3C has to straight up copy WHATWG spec to stay relevant unless they want to wind up making a totally divergent spec, they are forced to pretty much fall in line to avoid more confusion

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— W3C contributors are pissed off for that reason

— They got derailed for money

— It’s because WHATWG is browser developers who want market share, not IETF fellows who want good design

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— So they are all basically hipsters