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some weeks ago i wrote about “next generation web applications” making use of XMLHttpRequest. now i just stumbeld across “LiveWiki“, a wiki fully developed with XMLHttpRequest, i.e. the entire site consists of just one single page.

interesting technologically but absolutely useless. as the developer notes himself on the frontpage, the site will be entirely invisible to search engines. also the missing URLs eliminates their function as orientation support, inhibits browser navigation (back/forward button, reload) and content organization (bookmarking, sending page by email, etc.). a true step backward.

macromedia flash and netscape frames are innovative and useful technologies, yet 99% of their uses were creating additional usability and findability-problems due to complete misinterpretation of their advantages and disadvantages.

will the same fate overtake XMLHttpRequest? i shudder to think.

(LiveWiki found via del.icio.us/tag/XMLHttpRequest)


 

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