Monday, August 21, 2006 07:43 PM
Matt, of course, nobody can tell whether your programmer is being open with you, but from what you said, I don't see any reason to question his explanations.
It sounds like you have learned to use some HTML editor or Web Page Design software, but you indicated that you don't know anything about Ajax. That may be your problem. An Ajax solution to a web presentation involves both the HTML file that is sent to the browser -AND- the PHP or other server side script that never leaves the server. If you meddle with the HTML file, you may change something that the PHP script depends on, and that would certainly break the page.
It seems you have only two choices: (1) trust your programmer's skills (or find another Ajax programmer) and be willing to pay him for them; or (2) give up your goal of having an interactive web page without reloading new HTML each time. I'm afraid this is a case where you can't have your cake and eat it too.