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Graystreak <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 6 Mar 1997 23:36:19 -0500
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Daniel Szuc writes:

> My colleague and I are currently looking at online forms (eg. use of
> registration forms and feedback forms on the web) and all the issues
> associated with using javascript for validation.

Forgive me for questioning your premises but isn't it a bit odd to talk
about usability of a system that's confined to only one of the many tools
that people could use to access your system?  javascript is Netscape-
specific and while Netscape Navigator/Communicator run on most platforms
do you really think people will not use Microsoft Explorer, Spyglass
Mosaic, etc.?

If your user population is in fact tightly constrained in some way, you
didn't specify it in your message.  I would think that user population
characterization would be the first place to look for usability

But perhaps I misunderstood?

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