Usage Recommendation
Use it, but don't rely on it.

  • TYPE: Which scripting language to use
  • SRC: External source for script
  • DEFER: Continue loading page while downloading script
  • LANGUAGE: Deprecated indicator of language
  • FOR: object for which this script is an event handler
  • EVENT: the event this script handles

<SCRIPT ...> designates a script section of the page. The contents of <SCRIPT ...> are run using the scripting language set by the required TYPE attribute. For example, the following <SCRIPT ...> sets a short JavaScript, by far the most common scripting language.

<SCRIPT TYPE="text/javascript">
document.write("right now: " + new Date());

which outputs the current date and time:

It is a popular but inaccurate belief that the LANGUAGE attribute is required for <SCRIPT ...>. In fact, LANGUAGE has never been a required attribute and has not been the standard way to indicate scripting language for several years.

<SCRIPT ...> elements should always begin with <!-- on the first line. The last line should begin with the line-level comment string for the scripting language (// in JavaScript) followed by -->, as in the example above.

<SCRIPT TYPE="..."> >