Where Have You Been?

By David Wall, ITworld |  How-to

The History object, in the eyes of the JavaScript interpreter, is an
array of URLs. It's an array, complete with an index beginning at 0,
containing the URLs of the sites the surfer has visited since starting
the browser. The History object comes in handy when you want to create
navigation buttons to assist visitors to your site. In fact, that's
what you'll do here.

If you want to do anything with the array of URLs that is the History
object, especially with a loop, you need to know how many entries are
in the list. The history.length property tells you.


Checking the Length of the History List


Where have you you been?

The line document.write("

You've been to " + history.length + "
different sites during this session.") refers to the history.length
property of the history object. That's the number of URLs in the
History list.

For security reasons, a JavaScript function can't read the URLs that
are stored in the History object. You can't figure out what sites your
visitors have been to this way. You can, however, send them forward and
back in their history lists. That's what we'll cover next time.

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