When we disable Javascript and visit maps.google.com, it shows the page for Google Search instead:

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I'm getting this behavior regardless of the browser used (Chrome/Firefox/Safari/Opera).

What's going on?

Is this a bug with Google?

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    What did you expect Google Maps to do without javascript?
    – Zoredache
    May 2, 2014 at 18:11
  • @Zoredache, Perhaps an error message. Or anything instead of showing a broken Google Search page.
    – Pacerier
    May 2, 2014 at 18:36

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That's not the case for me. It doesnot show you that page even with the JavaScript turned off.

Here is what I got,

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You can see, if the JS is turned off. The Site would load with just a page and no content. Because all the content is loaded using Ajax requests. Which requires you to enable JavaScript.

If you don't. It won't show you any thing at all. My Browser was: Google Chrome v35.0.1916.86 beta-m

Also, check that I had JS turned off, see in the URL bar to the right side, the third-first icon with red mark says: 'JavaScript was turned off for this page'.

It loaded the page, but didn't load content, because it wasn't able to do so.

Although yes, you're right Google must do something related to this. It must show an alert box saying something like this

Please enable JavaScript in your browser for us to load the Data.

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    That's not true. seems pretty aggressive. It doesn't really matter but maybe you should say That's not the case for me because google heavily changes things based on location and does a lot of A/B testing. You guys might be in different groups.
    – Jon
    May 6, 2014 at 18:41
  • @chipperyman573, I think you're right. I really did write aggressive words, although I wasn't angry at him at all :D But, I removed them if they were some sort of hate speech :) May 6, 2014 at 18:50
  • @AfzaalAhmadZeeshan, Odd, couldn't get your behavior no matter what I do.
    – Pacerier
    May 7, 2014 at 3:12
  • Actually, what I was trying to say was, JavaScript is required to load the Ajax data. If JS is turned off, then Data won't load up. But still it won't redirect me to the Google Homepage May 7, 2014 at 7:40

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