JavaScript + XML == ECMAScript 2.0

Following BEA's foray into a language with first class XML integration, XML will be added to ECMAScript 2.0.  The work is known as E4X (ECMAScript for XML).  Brendan Eich, creator of JavaScript, has already done substantial amount of work to add XML to Mozilla's JavaScript engines.  A team of experts including both Brendan Eich (Mozilla) and Adam Bosworth (BEA) will be working on this.  This looks more promising than what Microsoft has been doing so far in this area.