Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Use Today's News to Plan for Tomorrow

Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Use Today's News to Plan for Tomorrow

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In this year's preview of what's hip now (and on its way to becoming the norm), there are two acronyms in the mix. The first is OPML, or Outline Processor Markup Language. People are already beginning to use it even though it's not widely supported yet. Flip to page 6 to see how it can improve your resource sharing.

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While the name "Ajax" is showing up in the literature as a regular-looking word, it is, in fact, an acronym for something specific: Asynchronous JavaScript and XML. Its hip trick is being able to refresh pieces of Web info almost immediately without having to reload the whole page. This upgrade will be especially welcomed by younger Web users who have grown up on instant info uploads and lightning-fast multitasking.

And speaking of the millennial generation, Marshall Breeding does a great job of looking at the OPAC and telling us what we'll have to change in order to really appeal to its appetite for speed. …

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