Monday, June 5th, 2006

IBM Donates to the Dojo foundation

Category: Accessibility, Ajax, Dojo, JavaScript, Library

We are seeing more and more collaboration between the open source projects and the traditional software development community. Today we see a new partnership between IBM and the Dojo Foundation:

IBM today announced plans to contribute key intellectual assets to the open source community, in an effort to help companies and software developers adopt and share best practices for Ajax software development.

The software contributions will foster an industry collaboration and adoption of Ajax, a technology that improves web application responsiveness, and do so at a lower cost point and with less complexity. The technology contributions will extend the code already available in the Dojo Toolkit enabling internationalization of applications and making them fully accessible to persons with disabilities through a variety of assistive technologies, including DHTML and Accessible widgets. IBM’s donation will also extend the data model already in the Dojo Toolkit and provide a foundation architecture and Web-based tools for the industry to engineer, collaborate on, share and reuse software development best practices.

IBM has done a lot of great work in the field of accessibility, which is something that people ask about wrt Ajax all the time:

IBM will be providing expertise to integrate Dynamic Web Accessibility into the Dojo Toolkit widget set. The Dynamic Web Accessibility specification is being developed within the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative. It provides a mechanism for creating rich user interface components on the Web which are fully accessible via the keyboard and when using assistive technologies such as screen readers and screen magnifiers. This enhanced accessibility, which mimics the behavior of client side user interface controls, is crucial for supporting the rich internet applications built using Ajax and Dojo.

Congrats to both teams.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:07 pm

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Comment by linb — June 5, 2006

It’s a little difficult to decipher from the press-speak just exatly what IBM’s contribution will be, but this is definitely great news.

Comment by henrah — June 6, 2006

I hope this improves the dojo documentation. Is anyone else frustrated with the poor doc? Why don’t they use jsdoc on their objects?

Comment by Joe — June 6, 2006

I’ll second that Joe. I think they could really get more people using it if they just improved the documentation. Something like PHP’s manual would be great.

Comment by Justin Laing — June 6, 2006

Does anyone else feel that IBM’s ‘open source’ initiative and support for AJAX is a strategic move to gain some *hint* IBM mainframes *hint* market?

Just a note, and it seems mainframes are getting cheaper.

Seems like a good plan

Comment by Jonathan Bond-Caron — June 6, 2006

Accessibility is going to help a lot if Dojo is ever going to be adopted by enterprise level ISVs.

I agree with the documentation issue, but it looks like they are beginning to address that with some great examples on their site.

Congrats to the Dojo Team!

Comment by Oliver T — June 6, 2006

I third the Dojo documentation. I wish every language or library I used had documentation as easy to use as PHP’s.

Comment by Matthew Ratzloff — June 6, 2006

Ajax Home Hardware
is my problem they have mold in there basment and run a verynon legite busness there you get no brakes and they pay you under the table and i have medical problams from workingin the mold
there on 136 harwood try to stay out its not safe

Comment by sarah — June 7, 2006

I am student of Computer Science, I never seen such a great open source library for web, although I got problem as it is not documented well, but for future I feel all my desktop applications over web. Isn’t it true? If Yes, then great future for web, whoes credit goes to AJAX and dojo.

Comment by Rizwan Yasin Khan — June 24, 2006

dojo is really the library, that I dougt it will replace the desktop in future. Because it almost have all those components that a desktop application has. I am thinking about to use it for my final semester project.
thanks to dojo.

Comment by Rizwan Yasin Khan — June 24, 2006

Dojo real library for creating AJAX-based sites.

Comment by Greg — September 2, 2006

I think this is awesome. Another great thing IBM does. It is awesome how they support the accessibility and all the work they have done for it.

Comment by Aaron — September 4, 2006

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