Hijacking links with Hijax

Hijax, a buzzword originating from Jeremy Keith, basically describes the way how to make use of JavaScript to intercept (or hijack) hyperlinks on your website to pass them to AJAX in order to load just a part of your website with the respective content instead of reloading the whole page.

For accessibility reasons, we apply the progressive enhancement web design strategy for HTTPMon and Hijax is a technology which simply fits perfectly on the scripting side of this strategy. As such we make use of Hijax principally for HTTPMon’s navigation menu on the top right. Thanks to this technique we can have user-friendly links of the navigation instead of the hash # symbol as well as enable non-JavaScript browsers or search engines to easily access the content.

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