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From Rory O'Farrell <ofarr...@iol.ie>
Subject Re: Should download pages *require* Javascript?
Date Mon, 19 Aug 2013 18:44:15 GMT
On Mon, 19 Aug 2013 20:14:08 +0200
Andrea Pescetti <pescetti@apache.org> wrote:

> On 19/08/2013 sebb wrote:
> > Note that the page http://www.openoffice.org/download/other.html also
> > requires Javascript!
> 
> This is not so good. The noscript option should direct the user to
> http://www.apache.org/dyn/aoo-closer.cgi/openoffice/
> (users who disable JavaScript are likely to be able to browse the 
> FTP-like structure they will see there).
> 
> > Whatever method is chosen, I think it should be possible to download
> > AOO without the use of Javascript.
> 
> It should also be possible to download OpenOffice in the cases where 
> JavaScript parsing breaks, i.e., we should have alternative download 
> links that are always visible (working JavaScript, broken Javascript, no 
> JavaScript).
> 
> Regards,
>    Andrea.
> 

I think the automatic selection of a "best fit" OpenOffice for the user is good. Forum experience
suggests that many unskilled users will get confused if offered the full range of options
of versions for operating sytems, languages and language packs.

-- 
Rory O'Farrell <ofarrwrk@iol.ie>

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