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MWABP: 3.6.4 Support a non-JavaScript Variant if Appropriate

From: Alan Chuter <achuter@technosite.es>
Date: Wed, 25 Nov 2009 12:39:07 +0100
Message-ID: <4B0D175B.2090007@technosite.es>
To: MWI BPWG Public <public-bpwg@w3.org>
CC: David Torres <dtorres@technosite.es>
Following from the discussion in the call yesterday regarding this BP 
[1], I would remind people that as well as the script element, XHTML 
(and Basic) [4] provides the noscript element. Any content within this 
element will be ignored if script is executed but rendered if it is not. 
Unless I'm missing something, this would be a much more elegant way of 
fulfilling the intent of this BP.

Surprisingly this solution is not mentioned in the BP1 document [2] 
either, which simply suggests a test for compliance, although it does 
link to WCAG 1.0 checkpoint 6.3 [3] which says "If it is not possible to 
make the page usable without scripts, provide a text equivalent with the 
NOSCRIPT element, or use a server-side script instead...".

This seems (unless I'm  missing something) like a much more reliable 
technique than checking against a DDR.



[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/mwabp/#bp-devcap-scripting-support
[2] http://www.w3.org/TR/mobile-bp/#OBJECTS_OR_SCRIPT
[3] http://www.w3.org/TR/WAI-WEBCONTENT/wai-pageauth.html#tech-scripts
Alan Chuter
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