JavaScript, in its more modern form, is an object-based scripting programming language based on the concept of prototypes. The language is best known for its use in websites, but is also used to enable scripting access to objects embedded in other applications. It was originally developed by Brendan Eich of Netscape Communications under the name Mocha, then LiveScript and then renamed to JavaScript. Some are of the opinion that JavaScript has a syntax close to that of Sun Microsystems’ Java programming language. But beside name and syntax the language has more in common with the Self programming language than with Java.

The standard (as of 1999) is JavaScript 1.5, and corresponds to ECMA-262 Edition 3. ECMAScript, in simple terms, is a standardized version of JavaScript. The latest beta version of Mozilla (1.8 Beta 1) has partial support of E4X, which is a language extension dealing with XML, defined in the ECMA-357 version of ECMAScript.

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Wikka and JavaScript

Wikka makes use of some JavaScript but is not dependent on it for its operation. The main use of JavaScript is in the WikiEdit toolbar, which works in most modern browsers but not all (see WikkaAndBrowsers). Double-click editing also depends on JavaScript but editing is always possible by modifying the URL or following the Edit link.

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