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Re: is javascript considered good wacg 2.0 practice?

From: Harry Loots <harry.loots@ieee.org>
Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2012 15:43:53 +0100
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To: "Patrick H. Lauke" <redux@splintered.co.uk>
Cc: W3C WAI ig <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
On 14 December 2012 14:59, Patrick H. Lauke <redux@splintered.co.uk> wrote:

> Taking the inadequate analogy further, asking for sites not to use JS at
> all because some users may not have readily available user agents that can
> deal with it properly is more akin to asking for all buildings to be flat,
> ground-level, as some people may not be able to use the ramps...

Or, we could look at it from the point of view that the stairs is the
JavaScript that enables technologies likes AJAX to enhance the experience
for 75% of users. A quick way to get to the top of the stairwell. I can
skip up the three or fours steps with almost no effort in a few seconds.
But if I can't use the stairs, then the ramp enables me, the remaining 25%
to also have access to the service. Some users may have the means to afford
battery operated wheelchairs; they'll require less effort. Others can only
afford hand-driven wheelchairs; they'll take longer, but they will still
have access. And yes, there will still be a tiny proportion of users, who
despite our best efforts, will be unable to access the service without
additional help. But at least, by providing the ramp, I have afforded the
majority of wheel-chair bound users access.

Kind regards, Harry
Received on Friday, 14 December 2012 14:44:22 UTC

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