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Chapter 1. Introduction to JavaScript > Client-Side JavaScript

1.3. Client-Side JavaScript

When a JavaScript interpreter is embedded in a web browser, the result is client-side JavaScript. This is by far the most common variant of JavaScript; when most people refer to JavaScript, they usually mean client-side JavaScript. This book documents client-side JavaScript, along with the core JavaScript language that client-side JavaScript incorporates.

We'll discuss client-side JavaScript and its capabilities in much more detail later in this chapter. In brief, though, client-side JavaScript combines the scripting ability of a JavaScript interpreter with the document object model (DOM) defined by a web browser. These two distinct technologies combine in a synergistic way, so the result is greater than the sum of its parts: client-side JavaScript enables executable content to be distributed over the Web and is at the heart of a new generation of Dynamic HTML (DHTML) documents.


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