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JSON Inventor Wins the Day in Tussle Over Lower-Case "Ajax"

Douglas Crockford:"Ajax didn't really make sense as an acronym, so we are using it as a symbol now"

In a move certain to be reported on under the time-honored "What's in a name?" headline, the creator of JSON, Yahoo!'s Douglas Crockford, has been instrumental behind the scenes in causing magazine publisher and conference organizer SYS-CON Media to shift from using "AJAX" (upper case) to "Ajax" (upper and lower case).

Crockford had written to SYS-CON's Jeremy Geelan contending that "Ajax didn't really make sense as an acronym, so we are using it as a symbol now" - "we" meaning those who agreed that the 'X' for example wasn't a prerequisite for the Ajax approach, which could just as easily make use of Crockford's JSON. Geelan himself admits to having been contacted by CSS co-inventor Håkon Wium Lie to point out that 'C' is also missing from "AJAX as an acronym, yet CSS is most definitely an undisputed key ingredient.

Håkon Wium Lie's e-mail to Geelan read as follows:

--------- Original Message --------
From: "Håkon Wium Lie"
To: jeremy@geelan.com
Subject: AJACS with C
Date: Sat, 7 Oct 2006 16:32:07 +0200


Nice meeting you at AjaxWorld. I mean, nice meeting you at AjacsWorld. Here are my alternate acroyms -- with a "C" in them:

AJACX: Asynchronous JavaScript, CSS and XMLHttpRequest
ADJACS: Asynchronous DOM, JavaScript and CSS
ADHJACS: Asynchronous DOM, HTML, JavaScript and CSS
AJACHS: Asynchronous JavaScript, HTML and CSS
AJACS: Asynchronous JavaScript, HTML and CSS

Maybe this worthy of an article in AjaxWorld Magazine?


Håkon Wium Lie
CTO Opera

------- End of Original Message -------

Geelan is in agreement with Yahoo!'s Bill Scott. Doug Crockford (also of Yahoo!) already made his case months ago, giving him a heads-up that "we aren't using the all-caps anymore. Ajax didn't really make sense as an acronym, so we are using it as a symbol now" - it's only now though, with AJAXWorld Conference behind me, that he can fully see the wisdom, given the special duty of care he has as ongoing Conference Chair, of shifting to "AjaxWorld Conference & Expo" from now on.

Who was it said: 'An Englishman makes up his mind best when it is almost too late"?

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