[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.

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