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Q. Which is better—a client-side or a server-side script?

A. It really depends on what you are trying to accomplish. Some people say that one way or the other is the only way to go. In reality, it is often a combination of the two that provides the best option. A good rule to follow is that if the interaction with the data is heavier based on user interaction such as mouse clicks, use a client-side script. If validation or error handling of the data requires interaction with the server, use a server-side script.

Q. Why don’t all browsers handle JavaScript the same way?

A. To render HTML and interact with JavaScript, the browsers use an engine that parses the data from the server, builds objects, and then feeds them into a graphical rendering engine that writes them on the screen. Because each browser uses a different engine, each interprets the scripts slightly differently, especially with fringe elements that have not yet become standardized. If you want to support all browsers, you need to test your web pages in each of them to verify that they work correctly.

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