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Re: Javascript turned off a violation or user preference?


From: _mallory
Date: Apr 23, 2015 12:35AM

On Wed, Apr 22, 2015 at 02:46:14AM +0200, <EMAIL REMOVED> wrote:
> There is a clear increase in the number of people willing to say it is a user problem if they choose to disable javascript. In my opinion there are still legitimate but not very common reasons for people doing so, making it a question that doesn't have a general yes/no answer

People "turning it off" are making a choice.

Gov.uk (and others) with large numbers of users are able to determine
that, of the small number of users that don't have Javascript, only
a part of that number are people turning it off. The rest have shitty
bandwidth, or entered a tunnel right after the request, or the site
had an error in the scripting that prevented anything else from
running (it happens). It is then not their choice.

...which I find handy when people start in on whether or not it's
a moral dilemma (rather than the direct question of WCAG failure).