Jonathan Arnowitz, Elizabeth Dykstra-Erickson
I enjoyed reading Daniel F. Zucker’s article “What Does Ajax mean for You?” (“Nuts and Bolts,” September-October 2007). I thought it gave a nice introduction to the AJAX topic from a designer’s perspective. As a person with an interest in design as well as in technologies, I want to emphasize that understanding AJAX is important for most interaction designers. AJAX provides us interaction capabilities similar to local applications. The development of micro-formats and other data structures also assists with designing and developing data-savvy applications, such as enterprise applications, and designing great experiences.
I would like to refer some additional relevant information on this topic:
Finally, “find-ability” and Web analytics are important to many websites. We should take into account the effort invested in search engine optimization (SEO) activities when using AJAX. And more importantly, AJAX is no cure for bad interactive or visual design. You can still fail using this technology, so do not hang all your hopes on it!
User Experience Architect
Palo Alto, CA.
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