[thelist] javascript OFF [wuz Drop-down menu items]

martin.p.burns at uk.pwcglobal.com martin.p.burns at uk.pwcglobal.com
Mon Jan 8 13:08:32 CST 2001

Memo from Martin P Burns of PricewaterhouseCoopers

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Disabled users.

If you're producing sites which could be considered public services in
the US, UK or Australia (the UK legislation is even more stringent - any
'service to the public' is covered), you're obliged to make your site
accessible to users with a range of disabilities.

The way to do this is to follow the W3C WAI guidelines, pretty much the
first one of which is "Don't depend on client-side scripts".

fwiw, server-side solutions aren't *that* hard, and will help your cross-browser
compatibility in ways you wouldn't believe.


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Subject:  [thelist] javascript OFF [wuz Drop-down menu items]

Jake Stetser wrote:

> If you're really married to the idea of having this script, make sure you
> have alternate navigation for the millions and millions of people who a)
> surf with javascript off, b) use alternative browsers (text only, audio,
> braille?), c) may have that odd version of IE or Netscape that doesn't do
> the Javascript correctly...

i've been browsing this group for quite some time now, and the topic of
developing a site for a specific market has come up a million times: i.e. 800 x
600 vs. 640 x 480, drop-downs vs. standard, liquid design vs. static design,
etc.  we've critiqued sites until their designers probably chuck the whole d*mn
idea and move back to the drawing board.  but one issue that constantly leaves
me somewhere between amused and confused is that of browsing with JAVASCRIPT

How does one use the full potential of the internet these days with javascript

Without relying on some strange scripting procedure or a server-sided site, the
limitations of plain ole html are endless.  i've tried browsing without
javascript and my most favorite wastes of time are non-existent.  would we even
have browser detection?

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