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Chapter 32. Technical Issues > Scripting Languages

Scripting Languages

Web scripting languages can be divided into those processed by the web server (server-side) and those downloaded to the user’s computer and processed by the browser (client-side). The major server-side languages have already been covered in Chapter 26, “Introduction to Dynamic Dreamweaver,” and its following chapters. This section looks at how client-side scripting works in Dreamweaver.

Client-side scripts can be embedded in the HTML document itself or saved in separate files and linked to the main document. In either case, they must download to the user’s computer so the browser (client) can interpret and execute them. An embedded script can be placed inside the HTML using the <script> tag or can be quoted directly inside an event handler, using the name of the scripting language followed by a script statement. (See Chapter 11, “Working with Forms,” for more on embedded JavaScript and using event handlers.)


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