[kwlug-disc] DuckDuckGo.com -- an alternate search engine

Khalid Baheyeldin kb at 2bits.com
Tue Jul 27 10:02:15 EDT 2010

On Mon, Jul 26, 2010 at 11:46 PM, Khalid Baheyeldin <kb at 2bits.com> wrote:

> On Mon, Jul 26, 2010 at 11:38 PM, Chris Frey <cdfrey at foursquare.net>wrote:
>> On Mon, Jul 26, 2010 at 10:06:39PM -0400, Khalid Baheyeldin wrote:
>> > http://duckduckgo.com/
>> I tried searching using the front page... and was dismayed to find that
>> it requires Javascript.
>> A search engine should never require Javascript.  It's not that hard a
>> job.
> Me too, initially. I am a fan of the NoScript FireFox extension.
> But they have this zero click feature that works well, and requires
> Javascript.
> If I were to do it, it would degrade gracefully, with a warning that
> certain features
> would not work without Javascript.
> Actually, I just sent them feedback to that effect. Please do the same ...

And today I found a reply in my Inbox (email address redacted):

From: Gabriel Weinberg
To: Khalid Baheyeldin
Date: Tue, Jul 27, 2010 at 7:02 AM
Subject: Re: Duck Duck Go Feedback (Ticket #82722)

Thx -- a non JS (text-only version) is half done, but I just haven't
had the time yet to complete it. It is on the list though!

Gabriel, http://ye.gg/

On Mon, Jul 26, 2010 at 11:46 PM,  Khalid wrote:
> You should not make Javascript mandatory.
> Make DDG degrade gracefully, with everything working, and perhaps a
> friendly warning at the top with a link to what Javascript is used for and

> how is that useful to the user.
> Perhaps you can use CSS for the Zero Click stuff and the infinite
scrolling thing too.

Khalid M. Baheyeldin
2bits.com, Inc.
Drupal optimization, development, customization and consulting.
Simplicity is prerequisite for reliability. --  Edsger W.Dijkstra
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. --   Leonardo da Vinci
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