[thelist] Critique please (http://squalidnet.port5.com)

aardvark roselli at earthlink.net
Mon Aug 14 01:22:28 CDT 2000

> From: kevin raleigh
> Why in your experience does the language deserve
> such a negative response??
> NOTE: This question in no way asks you to
> why in your experience a web designer, programmer
> should be weary??

he's not attacking the language, just it's frequent

some developers tend to over-use JS... sometimes they do
form validation only on the client side, sometimes links are
really JS functions so that things can be tracked or passed
around, sometimes it's the use of gratuitour rollovers or
DHTML... etc...

often developers forget what happens on browsers with
minimal JavaScript support, or browsers with JS turned
off... will the site function correctly without JS?  if the
answer is no, then 9 times out of 10, the developer screwed
up and coded for his/her own system...

not all sites have this problem... some gamer sites,
experimental sites, etc., needn't worry... but try to to
sell something online and then tell some customers they
can't buy from you cuz they need JS while they can go to
hundreds of other e-stores and buy stuff without JS isn't
gonna cut it...

as a general rule, i don't use JS for more than rollovers...
much beyond that, and i'm relying on the user supporting it
or having it enabled, and it's just easier to create a page
that works without it than trying to create various tricks
to make it work...

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