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Re: A different approach for web page accessibility

From: Scott Luebking <phoenixl@netcom.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Mar 1999 13:11:23 -0800 (PST)
Message-Id: <199903302111.NAA12294@netcom2.netcom.com>
To: charles@w3.org, phoenixl@netcom.com
Cc: kbradow@ece.eng.wayne.edu, rerlands@ece.eng.wayne.edu, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

Just a clarification.  Server-side scripting can have some limitations
depending on the application.  A very general one is that creaters
of web pages may not have access to servers which provide the
facilities needed.  For example, may ISP's won't let a user create their
own CGI scripts because of security issues, etc.

A second problem is that the changes in the display could be more interactive
than server-side scripting can be provide.  For example, a page which
uses element movement to convey information cannot be as easily done
with server-side scripts.

Another interaction problem is that the application may require faster
response than provided by server-side scripts responding via a network.

As with many things, there are trade-offs between server-side scripting and
client-side scripting.


> In general, server-side scripting is more friendly that client-side
> scripting. So-called DHTML (it isn't a particular thing, just the name
> given to HTML that has client-sided active elements, included by means of
> some script) tends to be pretty browser-specific. Netscape and Explorer,
> the two browsers which implement lots of scripting, do a pretty poor job
> of compaitibility.
> Using asp pages (for those who use Microsoft webservers - the rest of the
> world achieves the results with php, CGI interfaces, Cold Fusion, Domino,
> etc etc) allows the creation of "pure" HTML, which can be reliably used by
> all users. It also, of course, allows the creation of something that
> nobody can use - it is only when itis done right that it helps anyone.
> (Likewise it is possible to write client-side scripting which transforms
> gracefully in browsers which do not interpret scripts.)
> Charles
Received on Tuesday, 30 March 1999 16:11:37 UTC

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