Thoughts on OpenAjax

After a recent discussion on the jQuery mailing list where someone wondered if “jQuery was OpenAjax compliant” I decided to fully investigate the OpenAjax Alliance.

In the purest sense, the goal of the initiative is to smooth over the interoperability in between JavaScript code bases. Currently that means:

* Keeping the global namespace clean.
* Making sure libraries don’t overwrite each others window.onload events.
* Keeping the global XML namespaces clean.
* Keep any attempts to walk to the DOM from breaking.

This is good. Those are simple tasks that many libraries can easily get behind.
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