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Struggles on AJAX interop project

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The OpenAjax Alliance is once again finding it tough to enlist support for its projects, despite representing some of the biggest players - with the most resources - in software biz and on online.

The 2008 Open Ajax Alliance InteropFest a project set up in June to promote compatibility demonstrations for AJAX tools, libraries, and "mashup" editors has so far failed to attract participants.

The project wiki, which has not been updated since late August, contains a results table for participants to enter details of their projects.

Only a couple of weeks before the deadline, the table remains almost empty apart from an entry relating to a reference implementation of the OpenAjax mashup editor.

The OpenAjax Alliance hoped to have at least some results in time for the start of AjaxWorld and OpenAjax Allience meeting later this month, in San Jose, California. The results are disappointing - to say the least - considering the group's members' list spans Adobe Systems, IBM, Mozilla Corporation, Oracle, and Google among others.

Another page in the wiki lists the tasks that form part of the project and only two minor ones relating to the project admin have been "closed." A further five tasks remain "open."

This summer the Alliance experienced a similar wave of apathy when it received a poor response to a call for votes on AJAX features developers would most like to see organizations such as Microsoft, Mozilla, and Google add to their browser software.

A late surge in voting shortly before the deadline managed to save the Alliance's face - but still only represented a small proportion of developers involved in web development and those actually involved with the Alliance. ®

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