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Heydon Pickering on How to Think About Progressive Enhancement

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Worry less about people disabling JavaScript for websites.

Worry more about JavaScript disabling websites for people.

Heydon Pickering (@heydonworks) on

This is a great way to think of progressive enhancement. All too often I’ve come across websites where JavaScript gets in the way. Sometimes it can stop me from navigating a site when the hamburger nav button stops working. Other times it’s ruins a perfectly good article as it brings up a paywall or some bullshit cookie banner. Biggest of all is how developers insist on using it to deliver static content.

Sure users don’t disable JavaScript intentionally (though I sometimes do), but given how expensive JavaScript can be, it can inadvertantly disable users. Progressive enhancement is about considering such cases and developing websites with JavaScripts limitations in mind.

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