[whatwg] Native JSON parsing API

Douglas Crockford douglas at crockford.com
Sat Jun 14 05:22:18 PDT 2008

Adam Barth wrote:
> On Sat, Jun 14, 2008 at 1:43 AM, Maciej Stachowiak <mjs at apple.com> wrote:
>> On Jun 14, 2008, at 1:08 AM, Adam Barth wrote:
>>> HTML 5 should expose a native JSON parser for web content.
>> Native JSON parsing is being considered for the next versions of ECMAScript
>> (the 3.1 and 4 versions). It seems like a better fit there than in HTML5. If
>> it ends up not being added to ECMAScript, I would propose it as a standalone
>> spec for the W3C Web Apps WG.
> Is JSON serialization/deserialization still being considered there?
> The most recent message I could find on es4-discuss is
> <https://mail.mozilla.org/pipermail/es4-discuss/2008-March/002397.html>,
> which states that JSON serialization was removed (but might reappear).
> I'm certainly not an expert at this process, but is a whole spec
> needed?  It seems like <http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc4627.txt> contains
> most of the details.  Maybe there tricky issues with non-tree object
> structures?
> Adam

RFC 4627 defines the data structure, but does not mention APIs or language bindings.

ES3.1 will include include json2.js's JSON.stringify and JSON.parse functions. 
It is my hope that ECMA will approve ES3.1 this year.

A motivated browser maker need not wait for ECMA's formal approval.

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