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ISSUE-88: AJAX (and serious use of javascript in general) b0rks history, bookmarks, etc

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Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2006 10:45:23 +0000 (GMT)
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ISSUE-88: AJAX (and serious use of javascript in general) b0rks history, bookmarks, etc

http://www.w3.org/2005/06/tracker/webapi/issues/88

Raised by: Charles Mccathienevile
On product: All

Manipulating the DOM to update pages generally means that it is impossible to 
bookmark them, retrieve them in history, link to them, etc, in any but their 
initial state.

This is a problem in common with frames and sites that hide everything by 
pushing all interaction via POST requests. Although Ajax generally provides 
much better services, we are also breaking one of the main features of the web 
- that if I see something cool, I can send someone else there.

I suspect that we should look at two approaches - one trying to provide 
guidance to authors (I know that Dave R's JS-heavy slide system does solve this 
problem - perhaps he could be convinced to write more generally on how to deal 
with this issue), and the other to talk to user agent developers about what can 
be done in this regard.

(Raising this issue completes ACTION-208)
Received on Thursday, 21 September 2006 10:45:29 GMT

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