This video tutorial by Remy Sharp (the Remy Sharp) shows how to implement a simple contact form with AJAX and jQuery. The implementation is pretty simple because the server response is atomic. However, when such a response involves the use of more messages, it becomes pretty complicated to handle them.
I fixed this problem by associating to every message the ID of the corresponding form field. So when I parsed the response with jQuery, I simply had to use such ID to append the HTML snippet to the corresponding field marked with that ID:
<div class="message" rel="ID" />
PHP returned simple HTML, so it was pretty easy to get the value of the
rel attribute by treating the returned XMLHttpRequest object as an HTML DOM structure instead as a string.