[whatwg] ECMAScript extensions in Web Applications

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Sat Oct 15 17:53:49 PDT 2005

On Sat, 15 Oct 2005, Krzysztof Maczynski wrote:
>> From http://www.whatwg.org/specs/web-apps/current-work/:
> "In the ECMAScript binding itself, however, the handleEvent() method of 
> the interface is not directly accessible on Function objects. Such 
> functions must be called in the global scope."
> Why is that? Only to declare current browsers compliant?


> Reflection mechanisms (abound in ECMAScript) will be of limited use, 
> especially in multi-language programming. Special treatments will need 
> to be hardwired into development tools (debuggers, inspectors, wizards, 
> code editing assistants, metadata handlers). Disobeying design 
> principles sooner or later tends to turn out to be short-sightedness.
> If you really want at this price to legitimate current implementations, 
> at least make this hideous practice optional, not mandatory. And 
> deprecated from the start.

I'm not really sure what you're proposing. Are you suggesting that any 
Function object should have a .handleEvent() method in addition to its 
.call() method and its .prototype attribute? What would be the point?

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