Tuesday, August 1st, 2006

CSS: The Tech Ajax Forgot

Category: Ajax, CSS

The shifting sands of time can make people forget things, things they once knew and loved, things they couldn’t live without….things important to Ajax too. Michael Mahemoff reminds us of one such thing in his new post – CSS.

CSS is as important to Ajax as Asynchrony and XMLHttpRequest. Which is to say, it’s very useful, even though it’s not essential. Due to an accident of the English language, JJG’s creative mind, and the propensity of certain terms to rise to buzzdom, it doesn’t explicitly feature in “A.J.A.X.”. However, the original Ajax article certainly spells out the importance of CSS matters.

Michael continues, talking about the real significance of CSS in an Ajax-enabled architecture, noting that it’s more than just a way to “cut down on markup”. CSS really is a key to several of the features we’ve come to know and love – just take a glance at Script.aculo.us.

CSS is as integrated into Ajax and Web 2.0 applications as anything yet some seem to forget about some of the other powers that it has. Simple CSS can be found all over, but look at CSS-only layouts and some of the more advanced documentation to see how its power can be used for good for you and your site. I think you’ll be impressed.

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 8:24 am
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