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Re: [Bug-gnuzilla] DuckDuckGo's JavaScript

From: alexus / dotcommon
Subject: Re: [Bug-gnuzilla] DuckDuckGo's JavaScript
Date: Wed, 11 Mar 2015 19:31:55 +0000
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On 2015-03-10 04:50, Svetlana A. Tkachenko wrote:
DuckDuckGo serves users with non-free JavaScript.  By including
DuckDuckGo, GNU IceCat and GNUzilla point users to a non-free program.
(With GNU IceCat and GNUzilla, this non-free JavaScript is blocked by
LibreJS, and the website functions in limited mode. But users can
disable LibreJS if they want, and they may also want to tell a friend
about DuckDuckGo; both such use-cases would make people use non-free
software and it would be GNUzilla's fault for showing the user that
the non-free program exists.)

DDG has also an HTML mode, so the trick is using:


instead of:


The DDG search plugin engine included with IceCat (the file duckduckgo.xml in the sources) is using this HTML mode.

Should we still keep DuckDuckGo in the default list of search plugins?

Not sure, but maybe we can keep DDG in the list with a notice about using its HTML mode (and not the javascript mode).

al3xu5 / dotcommon

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