Presenters: Karen A. Coombs and Jason A. Clark
The browser is doing half of the work
One of the interesting potential uses for AJAX is AutoSuggest.
My comment: Think if the next version of a VR software like QuestionPoint had AJAX based Auto Suggest – based on a FAQ database – right inside the form where the users writes the question? Wouldn’t it be cool , thanks to this, to be able to answer (or at least give a hint) the patrons question even before he or she sends it away? 🙂
There is, of course, a backside of AJAX as well. Some examples:
– Back button doesn’t always work
– Pages can be difficult to bookmark
– Search engines may not be able to index portions of an AJAX site
– Cross browser differences in how XML is dealt with
According to Karen, “MeeboMe is gonna revolutionize Virtual Reference”.
I definitely agree on that. Since I blogged about MeeboMe some weeks ago and also put up a MeeboMe widget on Jagvillveta.nu I have received a lot of feedback from library people indicating that many libraries will take into consideration using Meebome as part of their VR offerings.