I think this tag should be made synonym with . It currently has only 6 questions, 4 of which are JavaScript. One is tagged instead and another . It has 0 followers. I'm just concerned it doesn't really serve any useful purpose.

From the ECMAScript page on Wikipedia:

ECMAScript is the scripting language standardized by Ecma International in the ECMA-262 specification and ISO/IEC 16262. The language is widely used for client-side scripting on the web, in the form of several well-known implementations such as JavaScript, JScript and ActionScript.

There are already and tags. There is not a tag, but quoting Wikipedia again:

JScript is Microsoft's dialect of the ECMAScript standard that is used in Microsoft's Internet Explorer. JScript is implemented as an Active Scripting engine.


As explained by JavaScript guru Douglas Crockford in his talk titled The JavaScript Programming Language on YUI Theater,

"Microsoft did not want to deal with Sun about the trademark issue, and so they called their implementation JScript. A lot of people think that JScript and JavaScript are different but similar languages. That's not the case. They are just different names for the same language, and the reason the names are different was to get around trademark issues."

Thoughts? I don't have a horse in the race one way or another, it just seems the tag is not very useful.


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Lately, the term ECMAScript has been becoming relevant again, as ECMAScript 6 is the name for a proposed major overhaul of the language. That said, the term is only meaningful if the tag has a version number, such as .

, on its own, means pretty much the same thing as for all practical purposes.

Let's retag each question as appropriate: change it to a tag with a language version if such precision is needed (unlikely, since the language hasn't evolved much prior to ECMAScript 6), or untag it if just is descriptive enough.

  • \$\begingroup\$ That sounds like a plan, I'll work on this. Does anything need to be done to the ECMAScript tag itself once it is removed/changed to versioned tag? Will it just disappear once it is no longer used? \$\endgroup\$
    – Phrancis
    Commented Nov 4, 2014 at 15:15
  • \$\begingroup\$ I removed ECMAScript from 4 unrelated/JavaScript questions, and updated 2 related ECMAScript-6 with a new tag. I added a description for it also which is pending approval. \$\endgroup\$
    – Phrancis
    Commented Nov 4, 2014 at 16:04

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