Chapter 2

Talking to the Page

In This Chapter

arrow Introducing the Document Object Model

arrow Responding to form events

arrow Connecting a button to a function

arrow Retrieving data from text fields

arrow Changing text in text fields

arrow Sending data to the page

arrow Working with other text-related form elements

JavaScript is fun and all, but it lives in web browsers for a reason: to let you change web pages. The best thing about JavaScript is how it helps   you control the page. You can use JavaScript to read useful information from the user and to change the page on the fly.

Understanding the Document Object Model

JavaScript programs usually live in the context of a web page. The contents of the page are available to the JavaScript programs through a mechanism called the Document Object Model (DOM).

The DOM is a special ...

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