With the move, Ecma now provides two licenses, each of which can be adopted based on the needs of a given technical committee, Mozilla said. While ECMAScript is licensed by Ecma, other web technologies such as CSS and HTML are licensed more permissively by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Different licenses create overhead for legal review, Mozilla said, which can impact contributions.
The default Ecma license provides a definitive document and place to work on a given standard, with the goal of preventing forking. “Mozilla wants to make it easier for everyone to participate in the evolution of the Web, so we’ve taken the initiative to introduce an alternative license for the Ecma International specifications.” The latest version of the ECMAScript standard, ECMAScript 2022, was approved by ECMA last week.
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