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A “script” element with a “src” attribute must not have a “type” attribute whose value is anything other than the empty string, a JavaScript MIME type, or “module”.

The <script> tag allows authors to include dynamic scripts and data blocks in their documents. When the src is present, this tag accepts a type attribute which must be either:

  • an empty string
  • text/javascript (that’s the default, so it can be omitted)
  • module


<!-- This is valid, without a type it defaults to JavaScript -->
<script src="app.js"></script>

<!-- This is valid, but will warn that it can be omitted -->
<script type="text/javascript" src="app.js"></script>

<!-- An empty attribute is valid, but will warn that it can be omitted -->
<script type="" src="app.js"></script>

<!-- The module keyword is also valid as a type -->
<script type="module" src="app.js"></script>

<!-- Any other type is invalid -->
<script type="wrong" src="app.js"></script>
<script type="text/html" src="app.js"></script>
<script type="image/jpeg" src="app.js"></script>

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