Linked by Kroc Camen on Thu 25th Feb 2010 10:18 UTC
Humor BBC News reports "Mark your diaries for 4 March because in Denver the funeral arrangements are well underway for the planned passing that day of Internet Explorer 6". There's a phobia of being buried alive but I think in this case, it's the living that are all too quick to be shoveling the dirt over as IE6 doesn't officially die until 2014 when Microsoft pull the life-support.
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RE[6]: I like IE6, really
by Luke8844 on Thu 25th Feb 2010 23:07 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: I like IE6, really"
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Define 'view the web'? For static content, perhaps not - a page for an open-source project say, with documentation, screenshots, info for developers. or, for example. Such sites can, and generally do, get by without scripting.

I agree - by "view the web" I mean can you take your browser onto the web and generally (1) read content on servers (2) navigate between servers (3) optionally view some media along the way. I don't think I should expect a pixel-perfect rendition of the content as it appears on the graphic designers photo-shop session.

But the web isn't just static content, and hasn't been for a long time now. Can you really picture a Facebook-like site implemented without scripting? Or compare GMail with some of the ghastly non-scripted webmail services of a decade ago.

Facebook is not part of the public web anyway - its a private gated community. It might almost as well be implemented in Flash.

Yes for web apps Javascript is a big bonus. But there are web email applications that don't require javascript, even if they aren't as flashy as Gmail.

I do acknowledge there is always a judgement call about when support for older clients should be phased out. But it is the fact that the web is a public content space that means we should keep accessibility in mind for longer than we might in other contexts.

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