Today we’re announcing a new plugin that you can use to make jQuery OpenAjax compliant. By doing this, jQuery is becoming one of the first projects that has made its codebase compliant with the new standard.
Currently, the requirements for compliance are, relatively, simple – but still quite important. The relevant rules can be summarized as such:
- All libraries must register themselves (their name, version, and namespace) with the main OpenAjax library.
- All libraries must register any global variables that they use (in the case of jQuery it’s ‘jQuery’, and optionally ‘$’ – it defaults to just including ‘jQuery’).
- Any attempt to register “onload” or “onunload” handlers must go through the OpenAjax library. In the case of jQuery, if you do: $(window).load(function), and OpenAjax is included, jQuery will defer to OpenAjax’s solution.
- Libraries must not disrupt the ability of other libraries to traverse the HTML DOM document.
You can view jQuery’s compliance results, to verify that it does, indeed, past the test suite.
If you wish to use jQuery in conjunction with other OpenAjax-capable libraries, the process is rather straight forward.
Step 1 Download a copy of the jQuery OpenAjax plugin to your server.
Step 2 Include the library in your site, just after you include jQuery.
<script src="jquery.js"></script> <script src="jquery.openajax.js"></script>
Be sure to include both jQuery and the jQuery OpenAjax plugin after you’ve included the official OpenAjax library itself.
And that’s it! jQuery will now happily play with the OpenAjax core library.
It should be noted that, currently, jQuery is not part of the OpenAjax Alliance, but we’re in the process of applying and are eager to begin actively participating.