View Full Version : Entrance page: are warnings/notices necessary?

06-04-2008, 05:22 PM
Hey, quick curious question:

I've noticed a couple of websites with entrance pages tend to write a little note below the 'enter' button such as: "Make sure you enable your browser's JavaScript in order to view this website" or "Warning, this site uses pop-ups"...etc.

I would understand the need to warn people if a site uses popups as certain users disable them, but what about the JavaScript? I'm aware that some users disable the javascript for safety purposes... but is this so common that one would actually need to remind their visitors to enable it?

Just curious on how this goes about!

06-04-2008, 05:48 PM
That’s as amateur as it can be. No website should rely on JavaScript (or Flash), and nobody can assume or request that any person has it enabled. I, for example, have disabled all JavaScript that would mess with my window (i. e. window size, status bar message, popups anyway…), and I’m not the only one.

Basically, as website owner you should think like a merchant: You want people come to your site and you want them to stay. And to make them stay you have to make their experience as comfortable as possible, and that means everything has to work without you knowing under which condition the visitor is browsing. As Steve Krug has accurately stated: “Don’t make me think. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don't_Make_Me_Think)”. Writing a warning about enabling JS etc. and requesting an action from the user to just make it possible for him/her to access and use the site is the exact opposite and totally counterproductive.

So, to do it right scrap such messages (and splash/entry pages in general) and code your site properly using progressive enhancement (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Progressive_Enhancement). Basically, your site has to work completely without any CSS, JS, and Flash, and all that stuff is only to be used to enhance the site/user experience.

06-04-2008, 05:57 PM
Yeah, i think the only reason there sould be som caution/warning statement on the front should be a disclaimer telling some one that they should be 18/21 or older to enter. Thats the only reason i could think to have something like that!

06-04-2008, 08:31 PM
Which are pretty pointless anyway, seeing as anyone underage was suddenly born on the 1st January.