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Default Type coercion issue

On Page 60 section entitled 'Equal and Not Equal'

When performing conversions it states the following:

'If one operand is a string and the other is a number, attempt to convert the string into a number before checking for equality.'

Yet on page 482 in the first example given as follows:

alert(5 == "5")
alert(5 === “5”);

The explanation in the following paragraph states:

'In this code, the number 5 and the string “5” are compared using the equal operator and the identically equal operator. The equal operator first converts the number 5 into the string “5” and then compares it with the other string “5”, resulting in true.'

Page 60 clearly states that under such circumstances a string is converted into a number before checking for equality, but the opposite is being stated in the example on page 482, so the question is which is correct?

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Old September 9th, 2010, 07:57 PM
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Page 60 is correct.
Nicholas C. Zakas
Author, Professional JavaScript for Web Developers (ISBN 0764579088)

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