Admin interface - browser requirement

Myk Melez myk at
Sat Sep 21 13:57:05 UTC 2002

Gervase Markham wrote:

> But such JS and DOM could really only be made to work (without a lot 
> of headaches) in modern browsers (IE 5.5+, Mozilla/Netscape6+, perhaps 
> Konqueror.)

Actually NS and IE 4.x had pretty good support for this kind of 
interface, albeit via unpalatable DOM-0 method calls.

> Is it reasonable to trade off, on the admin interface _only_, the 
> ability to support lots of old browsers against the ability to have a 
> more usable UI?

It's certainly much more reasonable than confining the vast majority of 
our administrators to the clunky UI supported by browsers only a small 
minority of our administrators use.

Note that you can support both, however, by making the list reordering 
buttons submit to the server on non-JavaScript browsers and reordering 
server-side.  It's clunky, but it does provide the necessary 
functionality.  On the other hand, we could just make 'em use SQL.


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