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Accelerated DOM Scripting with Ajax, APIs, and Libraries by Dan Webb, Stuart Langridge, Aaron Gustafson, Jonathan Snook

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CHAPTER 9A Dynamic Help System

By Dan Webb

Modern web applications are often characterized as having richer and more dynamic interfaces that mimic the desktop experiences much more closely than their predecessors. Most of the credit for this can be given to the major JavaScript libraries (and, of course, to their developers) as we now have a much more solid base on which to work when starting to develop these interfaces. JavaScript libraries, as discussed throughout this book, take care of lots of the detail of cross-browser compatibility and JavaScript's quirks. When writing a web application, however, they are rarely the only challenges you'll face. Your user interface (UI) must interact with server-side code well, be as robust as possible ...

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