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JavaScript enabled? If No Then WHY??!!

Eric Pascarello
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Well I want to know out there why do you have javascript disabled?
Madhav Lakkapragada
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ummmm....corporate policy, maybe!


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Randall Twede
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eric,
im not sure why people do this, i dont. some are maybe paranoid of obnoxious stuff like endless popup windows perhaps.


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Eric Pascarello
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I have seen stats of up to 13% that have it disabled. JavaScript is a great tool and if you goto sites that you can trust, then you never have to worry. Yes granted you can goto a site and it has this
<script>
window.open(this.location)
</script>
It will open up lots of windows.
Yes having it disabled will not show those annoying pop up ads.
But then you miss functionality of menus, news reels, updates, and fun.
A server side code is more dangerous. It can automatically submit information without your knowledge. JavaScript can not do it.
There are a lot of other things. I am just ranting becuase of an email I got!
Eric
Jim Yingst
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I used to disable it because it was the simplest method to get rid of popups. Nowadays there are plenty of better options (like getting a better browser), so I leave it on.


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Richard Hawkes
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Some AV and personal firewall software installations recommend disabling scripting and active-x in IE. If you're paranoid or a newbie and see this suggestion then you'll probably trust the AV software to be correct. Its like those blanket disclaimers eg, "might contain traces of peanut" on tubs of strawberry icecream!
My previous boss surfed with images and Javascript off. I used to openly mock him, then have to design a website for him. Imagine that. Weirdo ...
Manish Hatwalne
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Mainly because for IE on windows enabling scripting would mean you'd be vulnerable to lot of risks due to JScript and VBScript. AFAIK, IE did not allow to enable JavaScript and disable VBScript and JScript.
And of course IE has the largest market share, so...
- Manish
Timothy Chen Allen
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The funny thing is that I recently saw just this topic come up on a Perl community site (http://www.perlmonks.org), and the general consensus was that JavaScript was an unmentionable evil, that plenty of damage could be done with it, that you should never surf with it turned on, and that absolutely no one thinks that Bill Gates is a good guy (which is irrelevant, but seems to come up in every discussion somehow).
It seems the general consensus here on the Ranch is that people generally do have JavaScript turned on, and while it is not the most wonderfulest thing in the world, it's not evil, either. Funny how different communities see things differently.


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Jim Yingst
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The difference, Tim, is that most of us here at JavaRanch had to turn JavaScript back on in order to play Eric's various games:
http://www10.brinkster.com/A1ien51/battle/ReadyFourBattle.htm
http://www10.brinkster.com/A1ien51/OTHELLO
http://www10.brinkster.com/A1ien51/lights
http://www10.brinkster.com/a1ien51/card/
 
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