Message from JavaScript discussions

October 2018

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

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

— 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

— When I was asked this question I mean, at first I thought "okay '5' might coerce to number 5, and it could be 5 milliseconds from unix epoch" which is definitely not in April 2001

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— They could have easily created WHATWG as an addendum to add all their new features / pointless BS, but wanted control over it all

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— Oh please no

— Don't want "Works best on IE6" bs all over again