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[whatwg] RE: Degrading of web applications

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Wed, 17 Nov 2004 02:29:31 +0000 (UTC)
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.61.0411170227590.18422@dhalsim.dreamhost.com>
On Wed, 17 Nov 2004, Jim Ley wrote:
> On Wed, 17 Nov 2004 01:00:33 +0000 (UTC), Ian Hickson <ian at hixie.ch> wrote:
> > On Sat, 11 Sep 2004, Jim Ley wrote:
> > > > If application providers consider that compatibility with non-JS 
> > > > browsers (and browsers with JS disabled) is not critical, then 
> > > > that is an important datapoint.
> > >
> > > It is, unfortunately, it's also something that won't fly in the 
> > > application world of the EU, where anti-discrimination employment 
> > > laws will cripple any attempt to have this fly - I realise as a non 
> > > EU national and an employee of a non-EU corporation you may not 
> > > realise this, but the EU market is too important to web-applications 
> > > to the most of us to consider anything we can't use in that 
> > > environment.
> > 
> > Could you give me a reference to this EU law that says that requiring 
> > JavaScript support is illegal but requiring HTML support is not?
> 
> You're confusing things, you're confusing the availability of suitable 
> access technology that supports scripting with the theoretical concept 
> that such AT exists.  It doesn't, so given that fact, so as to not 
> discriminate against our employees (or potential ones of course) with 
> disabilities, our intranet sites have to work with the relevant Access 
> Technology, unfortunately this currently limits what we can do, and 
> requiring javascript is not there.

But no ATs support any of the WHATWG stuff either, so if you have to 
target existing ATs, everything being discussed is out of scope.


> http://www.disability.gov.uk/legislation/

Thanks for the link.

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