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Internet Explorer 5.0 Preview, Part I: Scriptlet Authoring - Doc JavaScript

Scriptlet Authoring

A scriptlet is an independent script that is referenced from an HTML page. It represents an object that accepts data from the outside and supports several operations on this data. A scriptlet describes the behavior of an object and the event it is triggered by. A scriptlet also allows you to define new events. Scriptlets are supported by Internet Explorer 4.0 and up and are not supported by Netscape Navigator. Internet Explorer 5.0 added the support for Behaviors to scriptlets. A scriptlet resides in a file of its own, with extension .sct. A scriptlet file opens with a <SCRIPTLET> tag and closes with a </SCRIPTLET> tag:


A scriptlet is divided into two parts: the interface definition section and the internal implementation section. The interface definition section includes IMPLEMENTS tags. Each IMPLEMENTS tag opens with <IMPLEMENTS> and closes with </IMPLEMENTS>. There are two types of <IMPLEMENTS> tags: <Behavior> and <Automation>. The <Behavior type specifies the event associated with the Behavior, such as the following:

<EVENT NAME="onFifthBlink"/>

The Automation type of the <IMPLEMENTS> tag specifies the scriptlet's object interface parameters and supported methods:

<IMPLEMENTS TYPE="Automation">
<METHOD NAME="blink"/>

The internal implementation section consists of a JavaScript script. This script implements the internal details of the object's methods. As seen above, only one method is defined, the blink() function. Here is the whole internal implementation section:

var msecs =2000;
var counter = 0;
style.position = "absolute";
style.pixelTop = x;
style.pixelLeft = y;
window.attachEvent("onload", onload);
function onload(){
  window.setTimeout(uniqueID+".blink()", msecs);
function blink() {
  style.visibility = (style.visibility == "hidden") ? "visible" : "hidden";
  counter +=1;
  if (counter == 10) {
    counter = 0;
  window.setTimeout(uniqueID+".blink()", msecs);

The following pages cover each of the above sections in more details.

Created: July 19, 1998
Revised: July 19, 1998