HTML and CSS Reference
Webster's dictionary defines script in several ways: first, as a style of handwriting or font style,
such as cursive; second, as a document; and third, as text for stage, film, or a radio or television
show. A stage, movie, or television script also contains stage directions for actors. Computers,
however, also use scripts, which are a set of instructions used by a program to perform a specific
task or set of tasks. A scripting language follows a set of rules and has its own syntax. Scripting
languages generally need to be interpreted by the program or utility using the script.
pages to be interactive. Whereas HTML tells your browser how to display text and
page developer can add features such as:
Animation and dynamic images
Netscape. Netscape developed a script language called LiveScript, and Sun Microsystems
was trying to simplify its Java programming language. The cooperation of those two efforts
the European Computer Manufacturers Association (ECMA) with edition 1 in 1997. The
current edition of ECMAScript is edition 5, which was finalized in December of 2009.
members, who include Yahoo!, Microsoft, Mozilla, and Google has led to the development
browser specific, and contain objects, properties, and methods specific to that browser and
browser-specific and are not detailed in this appendix. For more detailed information
PDF file at www.ecma-international.org/publications/files/ECMA-ST/Ecma-262.pdf.