SD 2007 and Ajax-Style Interactivity  
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David Ruiz





PostPosted: SharePoint - Design and Customization, SD 2007 and Ajax-Style Interactivity Top

A general question to the of SharePoint Designer 2007 user community: Can SD 2007 be used to create websites with rich user experiences like that shown on the updated Southwest Airlines site ( http://www.hide-link.com/ ) Look at either the Book A Flight or View or Change Your Flight widgets along the right-hand side. Is this beyond the scope of SD 2007's design capabilities

I'm a business user, not a developer but is it possible given some custom Ajax development




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Katrien De Graeve





PostPosted: SharePoint - Design and Customization, SD 2007 and Ajax-Style Interactivity Top

Although there is no out of the box support for Ajax (more specifically the ASP.NET Ajax extensions) at this time, adding Ajax is possible in Sharepoint. ASP.NET Ajax will apparently be supported in the Sharepoint Service pack 1 but I do not know when this will come out.

On the Southwest site you mention, I suppose you refer to the hide/show of the content beneath each of the links in the right of the page. This is currently arlready available as a control in the ASP.NET Ajax Toolkit so I suppose integrating this even today should not be that hard.

Without going too much into the developer details, there is already something available called the Sharepoint Ajax Toolkit which helps with the implementation of Ajax in Sharepoint.

Hope this helps


 
 
David Ruiz





PostPosted: SharePoint - Design and Customization, SD 2007 and Ajax-Style Interactivity Top

Yes it does, thank you. I guess it was too much to hope for that SD 2007 would support this kind of interactivity out of the box.

But perhaps if I can get development assistance to get the "widget" set up, then I could maintain it from there.



 
 
Qazi Mobeen





PostPosted: SharePoint - Design and Customization, SD 2007 and Ajax-Style Interactivity Top

SD 2007 is meant for Customization in MOSS, though while development over MOSS platform - yes you can use AJAX Control toolkit.

Follow the links below to embed AJAX in your MOSS web application.

~ http://www.devexpert.net/blog/pt/blog/Embedding-Ajax-Control-ToolKit-into-Shar.aspx

~ http://sharepoint.microsoft.com/blogs/mike/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx ID=3