Using XMLHttpRequest in IE6

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XMLHttpRequest was first introduced by Microsoft in Internet Explorer 5.0 as an ActiveX control. However, in IE7 and other browsers XMLHttpRequest is a native JavaScript object.

In all modern browsers, you can create a new XMLHttpRequest object using the following code:

var request = new XMLHttpRequest()

However, if you need to also support Internet Explorer 6 and older, you need to extend your code like this:

if (window.XMLHttpRequest) {
    //Firefox, Opera, IE7, and other browsers will use the native object
    var request = new XMLHttpRequest();
} else {
    //IE 5 and 6 will use the ActiveX control
    var request = new ActiveXObject("Microsoft.XMLHTTP");
}

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