Archive for the ‘Ajax’ Category

Accessibility / Section 508 with Ajax / Atlas

January 3, 2006

Wallace B. McClure – When people talk about Accessibility, I think of Section 508 and allowing blind/disabled people to use an application. I put this small test of Atlas together for a blind friend of mine to test. It is located here. It seems that the applications runs find and he is able to see/hear the content using JAWS (www.freedomscientific.com). So, the question is, what’s the cause of the accessibility discussion with Atlas? What are the issues?   (more…)

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Web 2.0 Graphic

January 1, 2006

Figure 1: A reason why Web 2.0, a complex, subtle, yet practical topic, needs so much explanation.

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AJAX has been the other big software story of 2005, along with Web 2.0

December 31, 2005

By: Dion Hinchcliff – Ajax has been the other big software story of 2005, along with Web 2.0. An optional ingredient to Web 2.0 software, Ajax has changed the perception of Web-based software as being horribly clunky, page-oriented, and boring when compared to native computer applications. Ajax describes a set of techniques that makes Web software quite the opposite.   (more…)

Getting AJAX Ready for Prime Time

October 26, 2005

“Microsoft Office-level functionality is rapidly becoming available on the Web today” – By: Dion Hinchcliffe – Dec. 28, 2005 04:15 AM – A little-noticed AP article that headlined recently delves into the details of Ajax, Web-based software, and other Web 2.0 related subjects. Apparently not covered much by the technical community, the article is yet another emergence of our favorite topic in mainstream media. While primarily focusing on Ajax, and Microsoft’s entry into the space, Atlas, the article touches on some of the really important next Web generation pieces, such as participation capabilities like information sharing, albeit without citing Web 2.0 by name, saying “web-based applications are increasingly appealing at a time separate computers for home, work and travel are common and people get used to sharing calendars and other data with friends and relatives.”And of course, in the interest of balance, the article actually does a pretty credible job of citing the drawbacks of putting 100% of software function on the Web, “other limitations are intentional. For security reasons, a browser cannot seamlessly access files or other programs on a computer. And, of course, Web applications require a persistent Internet connection — making work difficult on airplanes.” For further veracity, the article also quotes key players at Google and Microsoft who are working on various Ajax solutions. Ajax Schema Chart  

It’s this last point about current drawbacks that I find so interesting since, for example, Microsoft Office-level functionality is rapidly becoming available on the Web today. Witness 37signal’s WriteBoard, Upstartle’s Writely, and TrimPath’s social spreadsheet, Num Sum, as just three of the more powerful and interesting examples. And folks, these applications are actually extremely good. So good that they almost (but not quite) give my trusty MS Office suite a run for its money. 

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