Ajax Server Response, responseText and responseXML

Ajax » on Aug 26, 2011 { 5 Comments } By Sivateja

Once we send the request to the destination [ server ], we will get the response from the server in two formats either in Text or XML, i mean we can get the response from the server by using responseText and responseXML propertys of our XMLHttpRequest object


responseText — for getting the response in the format of text
responseXML — for getting the response in the format of XML

You can see this in the first example

Or check this

<script type="text/javascript">
function fun1()
var a;

    if (window.XMLHttpRequest)
    {// If the browser if IE7+[or]Firefox[or]Chrome[or]Opera[or]Safari
      a=new XMLHttpRequest();
    {//If browser is IE6, IE5
      a=new ActiveXObject("Microsoft.XMLHTTP");

  if (a.readyState==4 && a.status==200)
} // fun1() close

<div id="myDiv" style="width: 300px; height: 30px;">
Click on the button below
<button type="button" onclick="fun1()">Change Content</button>



  • see we are getting the response in the form of text [ see line number 21 ]
  • once the response is ready, our div content will be replaced with the response text [ see line number 32 ]

Will see more while discussing Ajax with Servlets


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5 Responses to “Ajax Server Response, responseText and responseXML”
  1. Leonard Pendon says:

    Really fantastic visual appeal on this website , I’d value it 10 10.

  2. Asif says:

    sir at first line of explation is two “are”.u can correct it.and love ur site very much.

  3. Java4s says:

    @Asif – I did the correction, thank you 🙂

  4. priyanka says:

    can we put a pdf into the same jsp file using the ajax like here you have done for text file….

  5. ANU says:



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