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Tue 21 Nov 2006, 11:46 AM
The question has come up in the Blogosphere frequently about easier AJAX enablement (e.g., Andrew Tetlaw's Domino's Relevance and the Modern Web).  While we are waiting to see if IBM does something about this in Notes 8 (do you think it is likely?), is there anything that could be added to our Midas Rich Text LSX or another toolkit which would make this happen more automatically?  Since Midas works in R5/ND6/ND6.5/ND7, this would open the fucntionality up to more people, even if Notes/Domino 8 does offer similar features.

As a bit of background, Midas already can add JavaScript and a bit of smart logic to make tabbed tables work better and make sections work better (i.e., when I say "better", I mean without a round trip to the server, but instead just using hidden DIVs and such), so it would be within the realm of believable to have it generate JavaScript to handle an AJAX implementation of an input field or drop down box or something else of the sort.  Alternatively, it could work with something like Dojo to allow tricks like Rob's Big Sexy HTML Post to happen when a caption table was used in Notes.  If you don't know what a caption table is, see Rob's post.  That is exactly how a caption tabel works in Notes, but with no programming.  I bet they would be used in Notes more if they were as easy to translate to the web as that.

So, should Midas offer AJAX widgetry?  Should it offer Dojo integration?  Should it offer something else of this sort?  What do you think?

Caption tables ala Rob Novak

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Tue 21 Nov 2006, 08:31 AM
The recent agreement between Novell and Microsoft left a certain number of people scratching their heads, and the Open Letter to the Community from Novell and the follow up Microsoft Statement on Novell Agreement leaves me hoping they haven't opened all the wedding presents yet.  If you can't get past the honeymoon without arguing what the prenuptial agreement means, it doesn't bode well.

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