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Rapid Application Development with Mozilla™ by Nigel McFarlane

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5.3. ECMAScript Edition 3

This section describes the features of the JavaScript language that come from the ECMAScript standard. Enhancements are discussed in the next section. Objects provided by the host software rather than by the standards are discussed after that.

5.3.1. Syntax

Here we look at the text of the JavaScript language. Because the ECMAScript standard is nearly readable by itself, this chapter goes over that syntax only briefly. Where it is possible, an attempt is made to explore consequences of the syntax.

Mozilla JavaScript scripts are stored in plain text files. The content of those files must be encoded in UTF-8 format. This means that characters from the ASCII character set are stored as a single byte. This is normal for English-speaking ...

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