The iconic meeting took place in 2008. In it, the committee made the hard decision: ECMAScript 4 was dead. A new version of ECMAScript was to be expected, and a change in direction for future work was drafted. Brendan Eich broke the official news in an iconic email.
“Futures that might have been” are always fascinating. This article is about why there was never truly an ES4, just ES3 and then ES5.