"Why would anyone turn off JavaScript support these days"

Because javascript is one of the most popular attack vectors out there. CSRF, XSS, drive bys, you name it. Javascript does plenty in the background that we never see and that is why it is so popular with hackers. I never enter a new or unknown site with Javascript enabled in my browser and I take a look at what it is attempting to load before I allow it to run. I use the noscript plugin and it has saved my rear end multiple times....

Now *leaving* javascript disabled is another story, but entering a site, yeah, turning off javascript makes for a funky experience but well designed sites still deliver content without it and give you a heads up about what the site won't provide when javascript is off.

Pete Helgren
GIAC Secure Software Programmer-Java

On 1/28/2013 3:48 PM, Kevin Turner wrote:
Why would anyone turn off JavaScript support these days though - unless they don't have any interest in using the Internet? Turning it off would preclude you from using almost every modern website there is.

I guess the point is, why would Nathan need to demonstrate his example working without JavaScript support? That would be almost as pointless as demonstrating it without CSS support.

Lack of a mouse, on the other hand, is a valid point. You should be able to navigate to any clickable element with the keyboard and hit enter to trigger the event - but that requires JavaScript:)

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