[Public WebGL] Float16Array

Florian Bösch [email protected]
Sat Nov 22 23:56:04 PST 2014

I've laid out my reasons for Float16Array support in es-discuss:

Sadly it seems that participating in the ecmascript standard is opaque and
weird, and the group doesn't even seem to revision their standard/IDL in a
public repository (or at all?).

It also seems that previous discussion on typed array stalled:

TC-39 also doesn't publish anything other than a strawman wiki page, they
don't seem to have a typed array specification/idl at all.

Khronos doesn't seem to be administering the typed array specification

Since I see no other way to participate in TC-39 and to improve typed
arrays with a much needed functionality, I have created a copy of the
lastest copy of the standard found on
https://www.khronos.org/registry/typedarray/specs/latest/ in a github
repository: https://github.com/pyalot/typed-array-spec and submitted a new
branch for addition of Float16Array to it:

There are some issues with it:

   - The WebIDL does not contain a half data type, does it need to be
   added? https://github.com/pyalot/typed-array-spec/issues/1
   - What would be a good C equivalent type for half?

I would be happy to receive feedback on this approach, to receive pull
requests and feedback on the issues.
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