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By estherschindler
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Published: Dec 05 2007 / 12:27

There's a good chance that the web sites you build use JavaScript. But not everyone has JavaScript turned on, at least by default, and the site tracking tools you use may themselves use JavaScript. How much effort will -- or should -- you put into making the site friendly to those who don't have it turned on?
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mezmo replied ago:

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I've been beating this drum for a long time now, and I've been told that I'm the developer, but issues like this are UI issues, controlled by Graphic Artists, who don't have to make it work, just specify behavior, so I was invited to shut up or seek other employment. We need more articles like this.

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estherschindler replied ago:

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So wait -- the graphic designer (who you know for damned sure runs JavaScript) decides how the app works online? Not the developer? Not the user or the client?

The bookstore's purpose is to sell books. WIthout a way for non-JS users to buy books, the site would be making 40% less sales. And that's a *graphic artist's* call?!

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mezmo replied ago:

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That is correct. Oh, and did I mention this is in the health care industry? :(

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sigzero replied ago:

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I think 40% surfing with JS off is quite high. I would be surprised if it reached more than 10%.

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Nick Brown replied ago:

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By default I have it turned off (with NoScript, so its easy to enable again if needed). And a lot of shops require employees to turn it off. Plus I have seen a lot of people not familiar with computers browsing with it turned off, I'm not sure if there are some Windows installations which have it turned off by default or if they accidentally disabled it or what, but it is certainly not something you would see on only advanced users.
40% is higher than I would have guessed, but it is perfectly possible it is up near there.

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estherschindler replied ago:

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Why do you turn off JavaScript?

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