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JavaScript On/Off button

Because some web sites abuse it.
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JavaScript is a programming language that most browsers have built-in means of processing. A Web page containing JavaScript can do some quite sophisticated things. I've written some whole games or pseudo-games (see link one example from 2006) that the user can play or use.

However, like anything else, it can be abused. If you do a web search for the phrase "malicious JavaScript" you will find a lot of matches for that exact phrase.

Every browser has a way of deactivating its processing of JavaScript. This can protect you from web pages containing malicious script. Of course, that means you can't enjoy the benefits of good JavaScript, either.

The problem is, getting at the on/off control, for JavaScript processing, is a multi-step procedure. And of course no two browsers have the same procedure for getting at the on/off control. It is this thing, the nonstandard multi-step procedure, which is the Unwanted Feature that this Idea addresses.

I want a simple toggle button or checkbox that is part of the ordinary easy-to-get-at browser controls, which is the on/off control for JavaScript. Then I can leave it off whenever I want to browse new web pages freely, and can turn it on when --and off again-- whenever it suits me.

Thank you!

Vernon, Jul 26 2012

A JavaScript-powered tool https://web.archive.../SDK/SuDoKuHelp.htm
For those who sometimes want a little help with a Sudoku puzzle. It merely does some grunt work, not some of your thinking. [Vernon, Jul 26 2012, last modified Nov 15 2018]


       Firefox "JS Switch" extension... just installed it, works fine.
FlyingToaster, Jul 26 2012

       Switching JS on or off with NoScript takes 2 clicks. That's convenient enough for me.
Wrongfellow, Jul 27 2012

       // takes 2 clicks   

       Kerning makes that look like "takes 2 dicks". Not convenient for me.
tatterdemalion, Jul 27 2012

       It takes two to tango, you know.
Wrongfellow, Jul 27 2012

       I, also, am running NoScript on FireFox. Easy to click the little icon, and it gives a list of which scripts are present, so you can allow some and not others.   

       I just noticed that that I haven't allowed the HB. All seems to be fine ....
baconbrain, Jul 28 2012

       ... except the cursor doesn't automatically switch over to the text box when you annotate.
FlyingToaster, Jul 28 2012

       <click >   


       Right you are, [FT].
baconbrain, Jul 28 2012


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