The first use of the term in public was by Jesse James Garrett in February 2005. Garrett thought of the term while in the shower, when he realized the need for a shorthand term to represent the suite of technologies he was proposing to a client.
The Ajax technique uses a combination of:
- XHTML (or HTML) and CSS, for marking up and styling information.
- The XMLHttpRequest object is used to exchange data asynchronously with the web server. In some Ajax frameworks and in certain situations, an IFrame object is used instead of the
- XMLHttpRequest object to exchange data with the web server, and in other implementations, dynamically added < script> tags may be used.
XML is sometimes used as the format for transferring data between the server and client, although any format will work, including preformatted HTML, plain text, JSON and even EBML. These files may be created dynamically by some form of server-side some form of server-side scripting.