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Javascript/AJAX versus iFrame
Given the choice, which one is the most accessible and better to use?

5+ Year Member

Msg#: 3159339 posted 1:58 am on Nov 17, 2006 (gmt 0)


I'm playing around with integrating Google Co-Op into my website.

Right now, I'm toying with the idea of outputting search results into a page on my site via javascript (AJAX if that makes a difference), or from their domain but shown through an iframe.

I know each poses its own unique challenges and benefits, but in general, I'm wondering which is more accessible and better to use, JavaScript/AJAX or iFrame



10+ Year Member

Msg#: 3159339 posted 8:07 am on Nov 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

Just to put it into context:

  1. The AJAX solution will not work without javascript enabled, whereas the iframe will;
  2. The iframe is more than a little inconvenient for JAWS and similar assistive devices (along with Google's own code being about as inconvenient);

So, as you said, each have their pros and cons, but I think the iframe will work on more browsers (old and new) than AJAX.


5+ Year Member

Msg#: 3159339 posted 1:36 pm on Dec 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

For the AJAX option, you should have a noscript alternative, which I would guess could send users directly to Google.

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