Sunday, June 24, 2007

Enabling Javascript

Okay this has had several people I know in a tizzy. They go to a site and it tells them that they need javascript. So they download Java, install it and try again and - nothing happens! The site still tells them they need javascript!

One thing you HAVE to understand is that Java and Javascript are different. It doesn't matter what the difference is. What's important is that if a site tells you that you need Javascript, well, you need to enable it in your browser. Downloading and installing Java won't help because that's not what the site is asking you to do at all.

The good news is that you don't need to download anything to enable Javascript. You do need to enable it in your browser, which means that you have to tell your browser that you want it to run the Javascript commands that are on the site. To do this:

If you are using Internet Explorer 5 or higher (if you're using XP Pro it'll either be IE6 or 7, so this will work):
  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. On the Tools menu, click Internet Options.
  3. On the Security tab, click Internet.
  4. Click Custom Level.
  5. Scroll down to Active scripting.
  6. Click Enable (or Prompt).
  7. Click OK.
  8. Click Yes.
  9. Click OK.
If you are using Firefox 1.xx:
  1. Open Firefox.
  2. On the Tools menu, click Options.
  3. Click Web Features in the Options list.
  4. Under the Web Features section, check the box next to Enable JavaScript.
  5. Click the Advanced button to open the Advanced JavaScript Options box.
  6. Check the boxes under Allow scripts to section that you want to allow.
  7. Click OK.
  8. Click OK.
If you are using Firefox 2.xx:
  1. Open Firefox.
  2. On the Tools menu, click Options.
  3. Click on the Content icon.
  4. Check the box next to Enable JavaScript.
  5. Click OK.
If you're confused by the above or use a browser that's not covered, mosey along to Mr. Ed and you'll get a complete explanation with screenshots.

Deepak

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