I want to populate a gridview by using jQuery and AJAX. From my calling page jQuery will call a handler (.ashx) that will deliver XML data or HTML markup for the gridview. As I see it I have two choices: 1) deliver XML which is then bound to the design-time gridview on the calling page, or 2) deliver HTML for the gridview. My first question is: which method is easiest?
Now there are two factors which complicate things. First, the gridview must be sortable on all columns. Second, the data will be filtered (some columns will be hidded) by user configuration options which are also to be stored in the database. Knowing this, does your answer to the first question change?
Any comments, insights or gotchas are appreciated.
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