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JScript was originally released by Microsoft as a way to run Netscape's JavaScript scripting language inside its Internet Explorer browser.  Because the name JavaScript was trademarked as part of a co-branding arrangement between Netscape and Sun Microsystems, Microsoft called its version JScript to denote its similarities with JavaScript without explicitly using the trademark.  Since that time, JScript, like JavaScript, has been extended and enhanced roughly in keeping with the standards set by ECMAScript.  Unlike JavaScript, however, JScript is actually part of a set of scripting languages, such as VBScript and PerlScript, capable of being run using Microsoft's Active Scripting technology.  Active Scripting, not to be confused with ActionScript, allows for different languages to be used to script behaviors in web servers, web browsers and other software applications.

last updated 2007.09.24

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