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Laszlo gets deeper into AJAX

The company's rich Internet application tool will create AJAX-style applications without the Flash plug-in.

Laszlo Systems is expected to announce this week that it will modify its Web development toolset to let applications run alone in browsers without the Flash presentation system. The company plans to show a preview of the tool at the O'Reilly Emerging Tech conference this week.

The company's OpenLaszlo development tool is designed for writing Web applications with a rich, interactive user interface, often referred to as AJAX-style applications. The present version of the tool relies on Adobe's Flash to run OpenLaszlo applications. But by the end of this year, the company will have a "Dynamic HTML" option for OpenLaszlo, according to company executives. That means applications would run in a modern Web browser--including on mobile devices--without the Flash plug-in, according to the company.