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Re: [Lynx-dev] Website shows blank page in Lynx browser

From: Kyle Bachan
Subject: Re: [Lynx-dev] Website shows blank page in Lynx browser
Date: Mon, 14 May 2018 14:13:48 -0400

Hi Karen,

The issue with not receiving a call when an item is on hold does not sound like it has anything to do with _javascript_ as it would occur in the backend once an item is placed on hold. I would need to open a ticket on this for further investigation. Just so you know though, if anything like this happens and you receive a charge, you are able to call the library and explain the situation and they will generally forego the charge.

The advanced search is something though that I can add to my list of things to investigate. As a new contractor, one of my goals while I'm here is to definitely make this site a lot more accessible (and I have noted several issues here that are not _javascript_ related) than it has been but it is a very large platform so I appreciate your patience on this matter. 


On Mon, May 14, 2018 at 1:49 PM, Karen Lewellen <address@hidden> wrote:
I am speaking of the advance search area of the site.
First two buttons on the home page, search and account, are script taking you nowhere.
Indeed several choices  down, one finds the text filed for searches.
However, unlike previously the sub categories for choices, movies / dvds, items I can borrow, etc. are gone.
For example if you search Wayne w dyer, you will get well over  100 items in the collection.
Now if you wish to narrow, using the advance search, which is the only way to filter beyond title author and most recent, you are taken to a page...which states _javascript_ is required.
You can select  from an option box for say movie/ dvds, but there is no button   after the five or so pages of extra choices, branch,  for example, or language, that even lets you submit the search at all.
Additionally, I have done other small tests, managed to log in via our separate but not equal door, and place an item on hold...only not to be called when the item reached a branch incurring a penalty for not picking up the item.
Suspect that you are so busy telling people what technology they must use for a taxpayer service that the system does not work in sync.
 Did the Toronto Public Library conduct discussions with the city before force feeding these technical requirements?

On Mon, 14 May 2018, Kyle Bachan wrote:

Hi Karen,
What is the issue with the "requiring a mouse click for searches speaks
volumes"? You never mentioned that before. Currently, I can hit enter
within the search box and it searches without the need for _javascript_...

On Mon, May 14, 2018 at 1:25 PM, Karen Lewellen <address@hidden>

Hi Kyle,
Any update on this effort from your end?
Personally given the back door setup the library is attempting, only Java
script users allowed in the front, I am preparing to contact your governing
It is a well grounded legal concept in Ontario that public taxpayer
services are to be equal for requiring a mouse click for searches
speaks volumes.

On Wed, 11 Apr 2018, Kyle Bachan wrote:

I have a Lynx problem that you might be able to help with:

I have a customer who would like to view our website in the text-based
browser. At the very least, our website should display a message saying
that "We're sorry, you need to enable _javascript_ to view this" etc.
However, this page appears to show blank in Lynx. The interesting thing is
that I do see the correct content appearing when connecting to the
localhost version of the browser which makes me think this might be
to a certificate or subdomain issue.

For reference, the website I am trying to access via Lynx is

I've posted a stackoverflow question
as well which has some screenshots that might show you more information.
Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you very much for your time.


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