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Outreach? (was Coordination/ES6 Modules)

From: Dirk Pranke <dpranke@chromium.org>
Date: Fri, 12 Apr 2013 19:37:10 -0700
Message-ID: <CAEoffTCjZoNrPpz-vUsiXycvar=Fn_mab694s0B1KbOdc+qKUw@mail.gmail.com>
Cc: public-script-coord@w3.org, annevk@annevk.nl, Robin Berjon <robin@w3.org>
One takeaway I have from both my own recent efforts to understand the state
of ES6 and the recent threads on es-discuss and public-script-coord is that
I think someone should be doing a better job of outreach for TC39.

Most of the official public documentation for TC39 (the Wiki, the meeting
notes) is written for the members of the committee much more so than for
the interested public.

This is, in a sense, entirely appropriate, and consistent with how all the
other language standards groups I've been aware of work. But it is hard to
interpret for outsiders.

To take Anne's question that started these threads, it's almost completely
unclear to me as a web-dev how exactly we'd expect ES6 modules will work.
There is almost no discussion on the wiki of what changes in HTML and
JavaScript pages, for example. Even the
http://wiki.ecmascript.org/doku.php?id=harmony:modules_examples page is
extremely terse, and gives no discussion of what the exeucution order for
the modules and scripts are ... what blocks, what doesn't? (I don't
actually want the answers to these questions in this thread).

Perhaps we need more JS-developer (or web-friendly) documentation? Maybe
some of the member companies should more actively write about upcoming
things in ES6 the way they do for new features being added to HTML5?

-- Dirk
Received on Saturday, 13 April 2013 02:37:57 UTC

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