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22. Client Scripting

A History of Browser Scripting

Early sites consisted of many of the same page elements we use today: forms, images, hyperlinks, and static text. They also consisted of small applications called applets that ran inside the page and were written in a new programming language called Java. In 1995, Netscape Communications added Java support to its flagship product, Netscape Navigator. However, Netscape was painfully aware that many site developers were not Java developers, so it needed to find a way to allow non-Java developers to interact with Java applets on pages. It did so with the introduction of LiveScript, a technology that was renamed JavaScript by the time it made it into Netscape Navigator 2.0.

Web developers were ...

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