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From sebb <seb...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Should download pages *require* Javascript?
Date Mon, 19 Aug 2013 19:51:17 GMT
On 19 August 2013 20:27, Rob Weir <robweir@apache.org> wrote:
> On Mon, Aug 19, 2013 at 2:14 PM, 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).
>>
>
> I think this is the key insight.  There are actually three cases to consider:
>
> 1) Java script disabled
>
> 2) Javascript is supported, but not working with our page
>
> 3) Javascript working fine.
>
> Some of the more recent reports are about #2.  These are older
> versions of Internet Explorer, e.g., I.E. 6.  A <noscript> block will
> not help in this case.

But if it is possible to detect the broken Javascript without
crashing, then it would be possible to treat the browser as if it did
not have Javascript.

> -Rob
>
>
>> Regards,
>>   Andrea.
>>
>>
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