Whenever I've been asked this, I've pointed people at the JSF-AV coding standards or MISRA.
> What really surprises me is that such a large number of people are quick to attack someone for writing legal code simply because they disagree with the style used.
The important part of the lifecycle of a piece of code isn't the writing of it. It's the maintaining and rewriting that matters. If one coding style makes it easier to introduce errors than an alternative, that's a bad thing. It's not an aesthetic concern. Semicolon-less JS is demonstrably less robust.