Open source developers agree Ajax definition

Members of the OpenAjax Alliance – the industry body set up to promote use of the open source Ajax web development language – have agreed on a common definition of Ajax.

Members of the OpenAjax Alliance – the industry body set up to promote use of the open source Ajax web development language – have agreed on a common definition of Ajax.

Ajax – which stands for Asynchronous JavaScript and XML – uses a group of technologies to make web pages feel more responsive and increase interactivity, speed and usability.

The OpenAjax Alliance was established earlier this year to develop formal specifications for Ajax technology – including protocols, server topologies and techniques – and  to develop an open, flexible, platform-independent Ajax framework.

Participants at an OpenAjax conference last week agreed to a definition that is “pretty similar” to the one given in Wikipedia, the open access online encyclopaedia, spokesperson Joe Becker said.

The 30 companies at the summit had slightly refined the Wikipedia definition, itself  “massaged by hundreds of thousands of people” to ensure there was nothing redundant in it, he said.

The conference also discussed how to generate wider Ajax adoption throughout the industry.

Earlier this month, search engine giant Google announced it was making a number of its Ajax web development tools available for free, including the tools used to develop its popular Google Maps system. Business applications firm Oracle is also handing its Ajax user interface technology to the web development open source community.

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