[wp-trac] [WordPress Trac] #13516: Hide JS-only widgets on dashboard is no JS

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Mon May 24 14:25:02 UTC 2010

#13516: Hide JS-only widgets on dashboard is no JS
 Reporter:  jane             |       Owner:                       
     Type:  feature request  |      Status:  new                  
 Priority:  normal           |   Milestone:  3.1                  
Component:  Administration   |     Version:  3.0                  
 Severity:  normal           |    Keywords:  dashboard, javascript

Comment(by filosofo):

 Let's not think of JS use in too binary of terms, as in just JS vs. non-

 The common problem is clients with ''limited'' JavaScript.  Take for
 example many of the browsers on phones.  There's a wide range of JS
 support, some with enough support not to see the noscript tags but not
 enough to do anything WP admin uses it for.

 That's why the JS needs to be progressive enhancement: adding features on
 top of functionality that still mostly works when the JS fails.  It's not
 helpful to remind a JS-limited phone browser (the only one available for
 that phone), a screenreader (necessary for the blind), or a text-only
 browser (being used over a low-bandwidth connection) how awesome better JS
 support in general would be.

 Those users are already aware at least that they're missing out, even if
 they don't know the technical reasons why.  Best to let JS-failure fall
 back to non-JS functionality; if not possible, at least let them know
 specifically what won't be working.

Ticket URL: <http://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/13516#comment:1>
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