Chapter 1. A Brief History of JavaScript

What this chapter covers:

  • The origins of JavaScript

  • The browser wars

  • The evolution of the DOM

When the first edition of this book was published in 2005, it was an exciting time to be a web designer. Thankfully, five years later, it still is. This is especially true for JavaScript, which has been pulled from the shadows and into the spotlight. Web development has evolved from its chaotic, haphazard roots into a mature discipline. Designers and developers are adopting a standards-based approach to building websites, and the term web standards has been coined to describe the technologies that enable this approach.

Whenever designers discuss the subject of web standards, Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) and Cascading ...

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