Open Says Me

Managing the browser experience using JavaScript, Ajax and a Cookie.

As web developers, we have a serious issue to contend with: completely all-over-the-place support for Ajax. Prototype does a great job of abstracting the various browsers, but there are several pitfalls coming our way. XMLHttpRef is implemented as an ActiveX control inside IE, and that means that if a user has IE set to High Security mode, it’s not going to work – even though it’s an internal component! Further, the new changes Microsoft is being forced to implement as a result of a lawsuit ruling would see IE users having to click a response each time ActiveX is used in the browser. It’s unclear how this might impact how we use Ajax in our web applications.
Open Says Me

3 Responses to Open Says Me
  1. Schmurfy
    April 30, 2006 | 3:27 pm

    Yes you are right, ie7 will have a native XMLHTTPRequest:
    http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/archive/2006/01/23/516393.aspx

  2. Aby Beltran
    April 28, 2006 | 2:01 am

    Great article.

    I’ve been wanting to see more RoR / Ajax posts on here!

  3. Thomas
    April 27, 2006 | 4:37 pm

    I thought I read that IE7 would run xmlHttpRequest natively, and as such the ActiveX security issue wouldn’t be a problem. I could be wrong though…