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  web 2.0 javascript

The Web is changing. The 30-year-old terminal-like technology it was originally is gradually giving way to new ways of doing things. The power of AJAX allows for rich user interaction without the trouble that has bugged traditional web applications.

Building upon the wonderful Prototype JavaScript library, provides you with some great additional ingredients to mix in.

For more information, see

Looking for documentation?

What's new in this release?

See the CHANGELOG file for information on what's new.

You can follow if you want to be updated as we fix bugs and add new features.

Installation/Usage includes the Prototype JavaScript Framework V1.6.0. You can use later versions, as they become available (see

Put prototype.js, and the six files scriptaculous.js, builder.js, effects.js, dragdrop.js, controls.js and slider.js in a directory of your website, e.g. /javascripts.

(The sound.js and unittest.js files are optional)

Now, you can include the scripts by adding the following tags to the HEAD section of your HTML pages:

<script src="/javascripts/prototype.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script src="/javascripts/scriptaculous.js" type="text/javascript"></script>

scriptaculous.js will automatically load the other files of the distribution in, provided they are accessible via the same path.

See for detailed usage instructions.

The distribution

Besides the files in src, there's a complete test tree included which holds functional and unit tests for

If you need examples on how to implement things, the best place to start is by opening test/run_functional_tests.html or test/run_unit_tests.html in your browser, and looking at the sources of the examples provided.

License is licensed under the terms of the MIT License, see the included MIT-LICENSE file.

About is an open-source JavaScript framework for visual effects and interface behaviours.




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