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The extra traffic that might be kept by a flashier design will more than make up for the traffic that is lost by a visitor that is using a browser that is too-primitive to view the site.
You're missing the point. If you treat Javascript as nothing more than form-handling gravvy for those whose browsers support it, and rely on CSS for formatting, and do it right (that is, no tables for layout, H? headers, P and DIV sections formatted using classes, and so on), then, funnily enough (or is it?), low-capability browsers like Lynx suddenly are able to produce a very usable browsing experience. You miss the eyecandy, but you get the content. And that should be a given. I have seen almost no use of Javascript so far that wasn't avoidable.
Internet Explorer 5.0+ is now used by over 92% (and rising) of the internet populatation.
Incidentally, IE's CSS support is the most idiosyncratic of all current browsers. I hope they don't keep that sort of market share. Oh, and what about the other 8%? That means 2 in 25 customers - a small, but not insignificant percentile. Can you afford to disgruntle them?
If you read the article, you'll find that is mostly about not retro-designing for dead, non-CSS supporting browsers (NN4), when the future of web browsers promises to be rich with CSS support.

I have read the article quite a while ago - but BUU was referring to DHTML, not CSS.

As far as heavy reliance on CSS and the departure from HTML3.2 design is concerned, you're preaching to the choir - as the last paragraph of my previous node might have indicated. I hate the fact we still have to pay attention to fastidious browsers when using CSS even so many years after the standard was publish. It's a huge shame - the web would look better and be more useable at the same time and also work well for the low-capability browsers as well if CSS was widely and properly supported. We could have our cake and it eat it too. Sigh.

You're comparing apples to oranges.
I'm not comparing anything. I was saying that DHTML locks out a small, but very important (and growing) part of your audience, which needn't happen when you can do the same thing with a different technique, and better in many ways to boot.

Makeshifts last the longest.


In reply to The Case In Favour Of The Case Against Javascript by Aristotle
in thread The Case for Javascript by BUU

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