Last Updated: February 25, 2016
· haliphax

Javascript document.write alternative

When a script is loaded synchronously, its element's position in the DOM can be determined. With this information, the <script> element can act as a pivot point for inserting dynamic content. This eliminates the need for document.write, a function which wreaks havoc where AJAX is involved (and flies in the face of modern web development best practices).

<!doctype html>
        <title>document.write alternative</title>
        <meta charset="utf-8"/>
        <p>Here is some content.</p>
        <!-- load a script; any script -->
        <script type="text/javascript" src="//ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.8.1/jquery.min.js"></script>
        <!-- here's our document.write analog; could just as easily be a remote file -->
        <script type="text/javascript">
            // get the "last" script on the page
            var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script');
            s = s[s.length - 1];
            var p = document.createElement('p');
            p.innerHTML = "Here is some dynamic content.";
            s.parentNode.insertBefore(p, s);
        <!-- load another script; any other script -->
        <script type="text/javascript" src="//ajax.aspnetcdn.com/ajax/jshint/r07/jshint.js"></script>
        <p>Here is some more content.</p>

Here's a demo: http://jsfiddle.net/haliphax/2y4cx/