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Nathaniel
Nathaniel

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Do you ever block Javascript?! Why!?

I've been researching reasons to make websites work without javascript.

Generally the reason to do this is for reliability.

Unless your javascript is part of your html. It will be loaded in a seperate request β€” and that request can fail.

Maybe your visitor is going through a tunnel, there's a network error, or they're using a web-extension that breaks your code.

That's not uncommon, in 2013 the gov.uk did a test and found that 1.1% of their visitors weren't running the site's javascript.

However, only 0.2% of their visitors were blocking javascript.

For reasons, I started building my sites with that 0.2% in mind. To make things easy to test I've been using this firefox extension: Disable Javascript

There's also a google chrome version

Anyway, I've found myself blocking javascript on the wayback machine to stop it from injecting elements onto the page that obscure the view of the archived website.

Do you ever block javascript?

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benstov

Google crawler is basically loading your page without Javascript enabled (see Google page insights for understanding the significance of having JS to load your website content).
Apart for SEO I currently don't have another reason to disable JS.

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Max

I ask the inverse: do I need JS for this website?

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Jscoder17

Me: I use js to hack my google classroom.
everyone else: πŸ‘οΈπŸ‘„πŸ‘οΈ

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