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Chapter 18.  JavaScript Essentials

Chapter 18. JavaScript Essentials

Many of the most popular effects created on Web pages these days have little or nothing to do with HTML and everything to do with Java-Script, a scripting language originally developed by Netscape Communications and now supported by all major browsers. There are entire books—and lots of them!—that go into JavaScript in full detail. This is not one of them.

This chapter, in contrast with the rest of this book, is not even meant to teach you JavaScript. Instead, I want to give you some simple scripts that you can easily paste into your pages in order to create a few cool effects. Please note that there are probably much more elegant methods of achieving these effects that make the script more flexible and more powerful. But that would require a level of JavaScript that would not fit in a book about HTML. If you'd like to find out more about what you can do with JavaScript, you might try JavaScript for the World Wide Web, 3rd Edition: Visual QuickStart Guide, by Tom Negrino and Dori Smith.


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