Ajax apps that don’t break the Back button

January 27th, 2006 by

This stuff’s all over my head, but it seems to be talking about tricks to get the performance of Ajax applications in the browser without trading off the standard browser experience your users (and Jakob Nielson) have come to expect (Developing Ajax Applications That Preserve Standard Browser Functionality):

To provide the traditional Web usability features, the Ajax application therefore needs to handle URIs client side in much the same way as the server does in traditional Web applications. The Ajax application needs to:

  • Generate a URI and send it to the browser when a client-side state change occurs
  • Recreate state when a new URI is requested by the browser