JavaScript TutorialDatatypes in JavaScriptEvaluating JavaScriptFunctional JavaScriptJavaScript .postMessage() and MessageEventJavaScript AJAXJavaScript Anti-patternsJavaScript Arithmetic (Math)JavaScript ArraysJavaScript Arrow FunctionsJavaScript Async functions (async/await)JavaScript Async IteratorsJavaScript Automatic Semicolon Insertion - ASIJavaScript Battery Status APIJavaScript Behavioral Design PatternsJavaScript Binary DataJavaScript Bitwise operatorsJavaScript Bitwise Operators - Real World Examples (snippets)JavaScript BOM (Browser Object Model)JavaScript Built-in ConstantsJavaScript CallbacksJavaScript ClassesJavaScript CommentsJavaScript Comparison OperationsJavaScript ConditionsJavaScript ConsoleJavaScript Constructor functionsJavaScript Context (this)JavaScript CookiesJavaScript Creational Design PatternsJavaScript Custom ElementsJavaScript Data attributesJavaScript Data ManipulationJavaScript DateJavaScript Date ComparisonJavaScript DebuggingJavaScript Declarations and AssignmentsJavaScript Destructuring assignmentJavaScript Detecting browserJavaScript EnumerationsJavaScript Error HandlingJavaScript Escape SequencesJavaScript EventsJavaScript execCommand and contenteditableJavaScript FetchJavaScript File API, Blobs and FileReadersJavaScript Fluent APIJavaScript FunctionsJavaScript GeneratorsJavaScript GeolocationJavaScript Global error handling in browsersJavaScript HistoryJavaScript How to make iterator usable inside async callback functionJavaScript IndexedDBJavaScript InheritanceJavaScript Intervals and TimeoutsJavaScript JSONJavaScript Linters - Ensuring code qualityJavaScript LocalizationJavaScript LoopsJavaScript MapJavaScript Memory efficiencyJavaScript Method ChainingJavaScript Modals - PromptsJavaScript Modularization TechniquesJavaScript ModulesJavaScript NamespacingJavaScript Navigator ObjectJavaScript Notifications APIJavaScript ObjectsJavaScript Performance TipsJavaScript PromisesJavaScript Prototypes, objectsJavaScript ProxyJavaScript Regular expressionsJavaScript requestAnimationFrameJavaScript Reserved KeywordsJavaScript Same Origin Policy & Cross-Origin CommunicationJavaScript ScopeJavaScript ScreenJavaScript Security issuesJavaScript Selection APIJavaScript Server-sent eventsJavaScript SetJavaScript Setters and GettersJavaScript Strict modeJavaScript StringsJavaScript SymbolsJavaScript Tail Call OptimizationJavaScript Template Literals

JavaScript Comments

From WikiOD

Syntax[edit | edit source]

  • // Single line comment (continues until line break)
  • /* Multi line comment */
  • <!-- Single line comment starting with the opening HTML comment segment "<!--" (continues until line break)
  • --> Single line comment starting with the closing HTML comment segment "-->" (continues until line break)

Using Comments[edit | edit source]

To add annotations, hints, or exclude some code from being executed JavaScript provides two ways of commenting code lines

Single line Comment //[edit | edit source]

Everything after the // until the end of the line is excluded from execution.

function elementAt( event ) {
  // Gets the element from Event coordinates
  return document.elementFromPoint(event.clientX, event.clientY);
// TODO: write more cool stuff!

Multi-line Comment /**/[edit | edit source]

Everything between the opening /* and the closing */ is excluded from execution, even if the opening and closing are on different lines.

   Gets the element from Event coordinates.
   Use like: 
   var clickedEl = someEl.addEventListener("click", elementAt, false);
function elementAt( event ) {
  return document.elementFromPoint(event.clientX, event.clientY);
/* TODO: write more useful comments! */

Using HTML comments in JavaScript (Bad practice)[edit | edit source]

HTML comments (optionally preceded by whitespace) will cause code (on the same line) to be ignored by the browser also, though this is considered bad practice.

One*line comments with the HTML comment opening sequence (<!--):

Note: the JavaScript interpreter ignores the closing characters of HTML comments (-->) here.

<!** A single-line comment.
<!** --> Identical to using `//` since
<!** --> the closing `-->` is ignored.

This technique can be observed in legacy code to hide JavaScript from browsers that didn't support it:

<script type="text/javascript" language="JavaScript">
/* Arbitrary JavaScript code.
   Old browsers would treat
   it as HTML code. */
// -->

An HTML closing comment can also be used in JavaScript (independent of an opening comment) at the beginning of a line (optionally preceded by whitespace) in which case it too causes the rest of the line to be ignored:

**> Unreachable JS code

These facts have also been exploited to allow a page to call itself first as HTML and secondly as JavaScript. For example:

self.postMessage('reached JS "file"');
<!DOCTYPE html>
var w1 = new Worker('#1');
w1.onmessage = function (e) {
    console.log(; // 'reached JS "file"

When run a HTML, all the multiline text between the <!-- and --> comments are ignored, so the JavaScript contained therein is ignored when run as HTML.

As JavaScript, however, while the lines beginning with <!-- and --> are ignored, their effect is not to escape over multiple lines, so the lines following them (e.g., self.postMessage(...) will not be ignored when run as JavaScript, at least until they reach a JavaScript comment, marked by /* and */. Such JavaScript comments are used in the above example to ignore the remaining HTML text (until the --> which is also ignored as JavaScript).