[Snow-users-list] Packages can only be viewed/downloaded with javascript.

Marc Feeley feeley at iro.umontreal.ca
Sat Mar 3 15:53:47 EST 2007

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On 3-Mar-07, at 8:09 AM, Friedrich Delgado Friedrichs wrote:

> Hi!
> I just got pointed to your website and I think it's an excellent idea.
> However I think it's a bad idea that packages can only be
> viewed/browsed when javascript is turned on in the webbrowser. Also
> the cursor (in firefox) does not change when it's moved over a package
> name, so that it's not even clear that there is something clickable.
> (See http://www.webpagesthatsuck.com/mysterymeatnavigation.html and
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don't_Make_Me_Think)
> This way the packages won't be accessible to visiually impaired or
> blind people using w3m or w3 (or any other browser lacking
> javascript).

The current package browser is not meant to be permanent and was a  
quick-and-dirty implementation (it is OK for now but it may not be  
reasonable when we have > 1000 packages).  At some point it will be  
replaced by a HOP based browser.  Anyway, I am not a web designer and  
I agree with you about MMN.  To lessen the problem right now I have  
added hyperlinks on the package names.

I would be interested in other suggestions you (or anyone else) may  
have concerning the web package browser.  What kind of information  
should it present?  What kind of search should be possible?  etc.

> I hope your mailing list at least moderates non-subscriber posts, like
> this one.

Yes it is moderated.  If you want to post messages in the future  
please subscribe to the list.

Thank you for your feedback!


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