ISSUE-117: Deprecate the noscript element

deprecate-noscript

Deprecate the noscript element

State:
CLOSED
Product:
HTML 5 spec
Raised by:
Julian Reschke
Opened on:
2010-08-22
Description:
The noscript element should be deprecated, as it's better practice for
developers to design pages that work without JavaScript and progressively
enhance them using JavaScript, than assume JavaScript is supported and then
provide some fall back content if it isn't.

From the examples of noscript content we find on the Web, most contain
unhelpful information such as "Your browser does not support JavaScript". It's
good that it's mentioned for backwards compatibility, but it doesn't really
serve a useful purpose, and developers should be discouraged from using it.

In addition, there's no guarantee that noscript will be triggered. If scripting is disabled via firewall protection (common with many companies), rather than being disabled in the browser, noscript is not triggered, and the necessary "fallback" content is not made available. Progressive enhancement works regardless of the circumstances disabling scripting; noscript, does not.

(raised for Shelley Powers)

Related BugZilla bug: http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=10068

HTML5-SPEC-SECTIONS [the-noscript-element]
Related Actions Items:
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Related emails:
  1. {agenda} HTML WG Telecon 2010-09-30 status of calls, issues and bugs, Task Force Reports (from rubys@intertwingly.net on 2010-09-28)
  2. Re: ISSUE-117 (deprecate-noscript): Chairs Solicit Proposals (from rubys@intertwingly.net on 2010-09-28)
  3. RE: {minutes} HTML WG Telecon 2010-09-23 status of calls, issues and bugs, TPAC F2F (from adrianba@microsoft.com on 2010-09-23)
  4. {agenda} HTML WG Telecon 2010-09-23 status of calls, issues and bugs, TPAC F2F (from Paul.Cotton@microsoft.com on 2010-09-22)
  5. {agenda} HTML WG Telecon 2010-09-09 status of calls, heartbeat, last call; task force reports; bugzilla notifications, discussion guidelines (from rubys@intertwingly.net on 2010-09-15)
  6. Re: {agenda} HTML WG telecon 2010-09-02, action items, media accessibility requirements overview (from janina@rednote.net on 2010-09-02)
  7. {agenda} HTML WG telecon 2010-09-02, action items, media accessibility requirements overview (from Paul.Cotton@microsoft.com on 2010-08-31)
  8. HTML Working Group Status (from plh@w3.org on 2010-08-27)
  9. {minutes} } HTML WG telecon 2010-08-26, action items, state of various issues (from Paul.Cotton@microsoft.com on 2010-08-27)
  10. {agenda} HTML WG telecon 2010-08-26, action items, state of various issues (from mjs@apple.com on 2010-08-25)
  11. ISSUE-117 (deprecate-noscript): Chairs Solicit Proposals (from rubys@intertwingly.net on 2010-08-25)
  12. [Bug 10068] Suggest making noscript obsolete but conforming (from bugzilla@jessica.w3.org on 2010-08-22)
  13. ISSUE-117 (deprecate-noscript): Deprecate the noscript element [HTML 5 spec] (from sysbot+tracker@w3.org on 2010-08-22)

Related notes:

Closed without prejudice

Sam Ruby, 28 Sep 2010, 18:56:55

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