Can the Internet work without JavaScript?

May 15, 2019 at 15:00:05
Specs: several
My impression has been that JavaScript is used all over
the place. I even put some JavaScript in one of my own
very simple web pages years ago, to make a slideshow.

I just turned JavaScript off in Edge with a Registry edit,
and so far found that I can view just fine,
log in here, and so far it looks like I'm going to be able to
post this question. My own web page is able to display
all the pictures without the JavaScript, it just can't go back
or leave the slideshow without using the browser's Back
button, going through the pictures again in reverse order.

The one way I can tell for sure so far that JavaScript is
turned off is that Google would not let me log in after
inputting my Gmail address and password, telling me that
it was because JavaScript is disabled.

How necessary is JavaScript to browse the Internet?

(If there were an appropriate category for this thread, it
might be "Internet browsing - Configuration".)

Aha. After picking a category from the drop-down list,
nothing happens. Nor does anything happen after clicking
the "Publish your question" button. JavaScript must be
required late in the process.

So I'm copying this text, turning JavaScript back on, and
trying again. Now I get the drop-down box to choose a
subcategory, so it looks like it works. I re-started Edge
but didn't need to re-start the computer.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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May 15, 2019 at 16:13:47
Fairly important, to the point that you can expect just about every site maintained within the past 20 years to break without JavaScript. If you want to see for yourself, get and use the NoScript extension for your browser.

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May 16, 2019 at 06:33:46
Front End Programming Language, which most browsers understand, still include Javascript together with HTML / CSS.
Back End Programming Languages, used on the server side to create your what you see in your browser, can be anything or all of these:
JavaScript, Java, Python, PHP, Ruby, C++, C, Shell, C#, Objective C, R, VimL, Go, Perl ....

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May 16, 2019 at 06:39:49
software ought to still display applicable facts, but its capability would be restrained. In Google Chrome there's no way inside the browser to show off Javascript. Many web sites such as those from main names like Google, and so forth., will no longer work with out Javascript.

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May 17, 2019 at 16:43:03
I think you will eventually run into trouble with JavaScript disabled in your browser.

[Java of-course is another matter and can usually be turned off without any issue]

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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