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Version 2.1 of the Web is now available, featuring significant improvements over the older 2.0 version. The most significant upgrade is that there is now support for the server-side blink tag. Mad props to Jimbob
posted by signal (29 comments total)

 
Why in gods name would do that server side (I mean other then a joke of course :)

I belive the text-decoration CSS property allows you to add blink in a standard way.
posted by delmoi at 8:49 PM on April 23, 2006


I belive the text-decoration CSS property allows you to add blink in a standard way.

Aah but you could use Greasemonkey or Stylish to disable that. Server-side may offer guaranteed blinking, which will, ultimately, lead to an improved user experience.

Props to signal for being brave enough to unleash this awesome new web development paragidm onto the blue.
posted by Jimbob at 8:52 PM on April 23, 2006


Truly, we live in a marvellous age.
posted by gurple at 8:53 PM on April 23, 2006


Wow, it's ugly *and* it wastes bandwidth. It's win-win!
posted by arto at 8:59 PM on April 23, 2006


Heh. View source for optimal funniness*.

* If you're a total nerd. Like me.
posted by Artw at 9:00 PM on April 23, 2006


It's still in beta. For the cutting edge in web design, please see Bob's Barricades. Thank you very much.
posted by fourcheesemac at 9:01 PM on April 23, 2006


.^.^.^.^.^.
posted by zouhair at 9:02 PM on April 23, 2006


does zeitgeist mean backlash?
posted by unmake at 9:02 PM on April 23, 2006


[img width="0" height="0" border="0" src="spacer.gif" alt="" onload="document.getElementById('blink').style.visibility ='visible' ; this.parentNode.removeChild(this); setTimeout('sendXMLRequest(\'blink-off.html\')', 3000)" /]

substitute <> for initial and terminal [ ]

Source code is here.

Damn geek humor.
posted by fourcheesemac at 9:05 PM on April 23, 2006


fourcheesemax, Bob's Barricades is actually pretty good compared to some stuff I've seen out there. And they make the most relevant use of the "under construction" graphics I've ever seen...quite funny, actually.
posted by Jimbob at 9:19 PM on April 23, 2006


Hardy-har-har!
posted by scarabic at 9:27 PM on April 23, 2006


Ha. Ha.
posted by OverlappingElvis at 9:38 PM on April 23, 2006


Very funny. Does make a serious point though - as soon as there's something useful like Google maps or office apps in web pages, there will be frivolous or annoying uses too. I'm just waiting for some really evil hack with the XmlHttpRequest, and then the browser makers will finally say, oh wait a minute, we'd better give users a way to turn this off selectively. Yeah, I know, tinfoil and all that.
posted by jam_pony at 9:50 PM on April 23, 2006


fourcheesemac: Just use &lt; and &gt; to produce < and > in a MeFi comment without it being parsed as a tag.
posted by Ryvar at 10:00 PM on April 23, 2006


Meh. Wake me when they come up with a server-side marquee tag.
posted by keswick at 10:51 PM on April 23, 2006


Thanks Ryvar. Won't probably post code again for awhile, but I'll know better next time.

And Jimbob, yeah, I posted Bob's site because I like it. The retro look is sometimes just right. Didja check out their photos?
posted by fourcheesemac at 11:07 PM on April 23, 2006


Yet again we see the lack of foresight in accessibility when the Cool New Code comes out. How is a visually impaired person using a screen reader going to know what's actually blinking?

With careful foresight and some simple client-side code, you could tell the screen reader to run every time the word blinks and say, "BLINK." Then, even people without sight could share in the enlightment of the blinking word, free from feelings of rejection and discrimination that they have been left out of the joy of BLINK.

With such forethought, I'm sure every person using a screen reader would personally thank you for remembering their need to know that words on the page are blinking continually.
posted by dw at 11:56 PM on April 23, 2006


Meh. Wake me when they come up with a server-side marquee tag.

You could update it from an RSS feed!
posted by Artw at 12:10 AM on April 24, 2006


And then moblog it!
posted by Jimbob at 12:28 AM on April 24, 2006


And some kind of community feature, so Warren Ellis could join it, and post pictures of himself taken from a high angle (possibly to conceal a double chin).
posted by Artw at 12:35 AM on April 24, 2006


I lol'd
posted by Skorgu at 12:35 AM on April 24, 2006


And some kind of community feature, so Warren Ellis could join it, and post pictures of himself taken from a high angle (possibly to conceal a double chin).

I like Warren Ellis, but . . . BURRRRRRRRN. Good one, too.
posted by Ryvar at 1:02 AM on April 24, 2006



posted by delmoi at 1:16 AM on April 24, 2006


Artw, like Ryvar, I love the man yet still I laughed... Fantastic.
posted by slimepuppy at 1:42 AM on April 24, 2006


I belive the text-decoration CSS property allows you to add blink in a standard way.

Aah but you could use Greasemonkey or Stylish to disable that. Server-side may offer guaranteed blinking, which will, ultimately, lead to an improved user experience.


Aah, but it is ajax... can't you just turn off Javascript and break guaranteed blinking?
posted by banished at 4:03 AM on April 24, 2006


turning off javascript would be altering the work or performance in a way not intended by the author/creator, and as such would constitute a criminal violation under the intellectual property protection act.
posted by quonsar at 4:18 AM on April 24, 2006



posted by odinsdream at 7:38 AM on April 24, 2006


For the cutting edge in web design, please see Bob's Barricades.

That's nice, but it's no Bud Uglly.
posted by kirkaracha at 8:01 AM on April 24, 2006


I'm still waiting for people to realize that all this AJAX stuff is creeping up on X11 in a web browser.
posted by KirkJobSluder at 9:45 AM on April 24, 2006


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