Ajax is becoming increasingly popular with online businesses as a tool to update portions of a web page without refreshing the entire screen.
The rich internet application makes it unnecessary manually to refresh the browser to send or receive information over the web. Instead, information is automatically updated and available on demand.
Initial supporting members of the Open Ajax initiative include IBM, Mozilla, Google, Novell, BEA, Borland, the Dojo Foundation, Eclipse Foundation, Laszlo Systems, Openwave Systems, Oracle, Red Hat, Yahoo, Zend and Zimbra.
The companies intend to promote Ajax's promise of universal compatibility with any device, application, desktop or operating system, and easy incorporation into new and existing software programs.
To enable rapid adoption of Ajax by the broadest community of software developers, IBM has proposed the contribution of its software to the Eclipse and Mozilla foundations that will allow them to develop and debug an Ajax application.
Zimbra has been developing Ajax applications for two years, and will make its Ajax runtime toolkit available to the community under Apache and Mozilla public licences.
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