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I have created a Yahoo store that needs to go mobile.  One of my concerns is that from my research I see that it is undesirable to have Javascript.

Our site depends on Javascript to emit a pop-up which then can take up to three seconds to do a connection to a backend database (mysql).  This is one of those ecommerce merchant starter solutions.  

My concerns are 1) do i need to redesign the main site to avoid emitting the popup? 2) do I need to re-do the site to take out the Javascript.

The site is architected such that Dreamweaver is used to allow customer to choose the product and Yahoo store pages are only involved for checking out.

Is Javascript and pop-up really taboo for Mobile site?
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by:Ray Paseur
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I would not say that JS is "taboo" but you might want to set up the mobile site and make some timed tests with iPad, Android, etc.  If you're using jQuery, the latest minified version is only about 30K, which is the size of a modest image.  If you're using your own JS library you might consider the bandwidth requirements.  It takes about 10x as much battery energy to move data from the server to the client device, when compared to cacheing the data on the client device, so a separate mobile app might be the way to go here.  Or at least a streamlined experience for the mobile version of the site.
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what about a pop up for a mobile site?  is that okay to do?
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I can't think of anything wrong with a pop-up on a mobile device.  Most of the mobile developers that I've talked with advise things like "make sure it's readable."  That implies using percentages to size things rather than explicit point-sizes, etc.
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Thank you for your help on this.  I really appreciate it!
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Thanks for the points - I think you're doing the right thing.  There won't be nearly as many desktop computers in a few more years!
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