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From Rob Weir <robw...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Should download pages *require* Javascript?
Date Mon, 19 Aug 2013 19:27:13 GMT
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.

-Rob


> Regards,
>   Andrea.
>
>
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