What this chapter covers:

  • The origins of JavaScript
  • The browser wars
  • The evolution of the DOM

This is an exciting time to be a web designer. In recent years, web design has evolved from its chaotic, haphazard roots into a mature design discipline. Designers 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, eXtensible HyperText Markup Language (XHTML) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) usually take center stage. However, there's a third technology, approved by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and supported by all standards-compliant web browsers, ...

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