Thus, I will employ JS to call the appropriate search and query functions in the XSLT script. For instance, when the term “Israel “is called, the appropriate items containing this term will appear, from which I can draw metadata to style a plot point on a world map and arrange descriptive information (i.e. headline and lede) into separate modal boxes.
For those of you who are not sure what AJAX means—I know I didn’t at first—this intro video on AJAX from the good people at SitePoint can really help explain what the buzz term means, as well as each and every function that makes it work. Primarily operated by Canadian developer and technical author Kevin Yank, SitePoint’s provides very concise, plain-spoken tutorial and overview videos for newbies like me. I only wish I had the ability to communicate my own project in such lucid terms.