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The content of a document page, i.e. text, images, form fields, navigation, etc. can change in response to different contexts or conditions. There are three ways to create this interactive response: server side scripting, client side scripting and a combination of both.

Server side scripting is used to change the source code of pages, to modify the sequence web pages load, and/or to alter the content supplied to the browser for display. Server responses are determined by the data posted in a web form and parameters passed in the page URL. Server side scripting is accomplished with server side languages such as PHP, Perl and Python. The actions occur on the server and are transparent to the client browser. In other words the user is not aware of the specific actions, only the resulting display of data.

Client side scripting is used to change behaviors within a specific document page in response to mouse and keyboard actions or automatically at specified timing events. Client side scripting languages like HTML, JavaScript and Flash are used to control media types, such as sound, animations, changing text, etc. or to trigger interactive actions. In addition, Ajax combines server and client actions to refresh specific data in a page obviating the need to refresh the entire page. The actions occur on the client computer within the browser.

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