Mozilla fails where it does best

Something must have passed QC on the mozilla web team that shouldn’t. Ever tried to download Mozilla Firefox from their homepage with a opera browser that has javascript disabled? You don’t get even a statical link offered that could lead you to the download pages.

Is this a sign?

Edit: Automatic redirects are disabled as well – enabling them for mozilla.com makes no difference. Enabling Javascript shows the pictures where to click at. When browsing the links of the page (a feature of Opera), the one entitled “Download” brings you to the download of the mobile version.

Looks like that the “on which system are we on” feature to give the download link for the current system is so dependent on javascript that in case no scripts are on, even no download at all is offered.

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7 Responses to Mozilla fails where it does best

  1. I hate firefox’s memory hog problem and tried google chrome. But firefox’s url suggestions are perfect and chrome fails on this section so badly. So my choise will be firefox till chrome start to use machine learning better.. Opera sucks, internet explorer is not a modern browser.. even ie 9

    I had machine learning question in here btw:
    http://superuser.com/questions/279285/chrome-suggestions-sucks-how-to-fix-like-firefox/

  2. Rarst says:

    Checked with Opera and no JS, I get that page looking just fine – image around the counter and download links on the left above “on your phone” line.

    Might be temporary problem or some UserCSS or extension interfering?

  3. mintindeed says:

    I dunno, I’m not really with you in this. I don’t think it’s a QC failing at all, unless it happens in browsers with a larger market share with JS disabled.

    Users having javascript disabled are a rarity, and those users usually know what they’re doing. If you come across a site that’s broken without Javascript, sure the site should have a graceful fallback, but you kinda asked for it — and you’re a savvy enough user to be able to turn JS back on for that site. So, one component of this issue is already an edge case.

    We run a multitude of sites that get a lot of traffic in a lot of different genres, and less than 1% of that traffic comes from all versions of Opera combined. Including Opera Mobile.

    So a high volume site may get, say, 1,000 visitors per month using some version of Opera. I’ll be generous and say 10% of those have JS disabled. At that point you’re talking about 100 people out of millions; that’s not even a blip on the radar — especially when those people are specifically disabling a feature in their browser that causes this issue. I just…have a hard time caring.

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