ing and evolving with several interested parties (such as Microsoft and Mozilla) pushing it for-
to your code.
with substantial problems since first being proposed.
Technical Committee 39 (TC39), which you may remember as the group inside of ECMA that first
standardized ECMAScript, is still in charge of developing future editions. Like the first edition of
ECMAScript, the fourth edition was first proposed by Netscape Communications, and TC39’s
schedule originally called for its release in 2002. However, issues arose surrounding the clout that
Microsoft had gained on the Web since the first edition of ECMAScript had been standardized.
Microsoft entered its own proposal to TC39 for the future direction of ECMAScript.
TC39 changed the planned release of ECMAScript Edition 4 to the first quarter of 2004, almost two
years later than the originally scheduled release. However, March 2004 came and went without the
release. As of the time of my writing, no indication has been given as to when the next edition of
ECMAScript will be released. All schedules of record still indicate the Q1 2004 date.
Given this lack of direction from the ECMA, the only possible way to investigate the future of
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