[linux-elitists] Yahoo sucks: Javascript requirement to feed popups?

Karsten M. Self kmself@ix.netcom.com
Tue Aug 28 20:29:46 PDT 2001

on Tue, Aug 28, 2001 at 07:39:15PM -0700, Aaron Lehmann (aaronl@vitelus.com) wrote:
> On Tue, Aug 28, 2001 at 07:29:43PM -0700, Karsten M. Self wrote:
> > My experience with another site (EZBoard) was that functionality
> > dependent on Javascript was added to enhance advertising revenues, which
> > were largely driven by popup ads.  No Javascript => no popups => no
> > revenues.
> Wanna see something worse? www.sony.com with javascript off. I
> discovered this a couple of days ago and am still shocked!

It's not that Yahoo's among the worst offenders.  In fact, it's the
opposite:  Yahoo's website has long been one of the cleanest, simplest,
easiest to navigate, and least dependent on any web cruft (Java,
Javascript, Flash, browser-centric coding, etc.), of any of the major
sites out there.  Many have argued that this was core to Yahoo's

There is a long list of websites (Boo probably tops the list) whose
fundamental design brokedness probably did as much as anything to
contribute to their failure.  I'm a strong adherent to Jakob Nielsen.
Google is the ultimate "principle of clarity" site on the 'Net today.

It is the slipping from the high ground in Yahoo's case that's so

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