Blink and Marquee Tags

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Blink and Marquee Tags

  1. 1. <html> <body> <blink>This generates blinking text on most widely used browsers that aren't Internet Explorer, including Firefox, Opera, and Safari.</blink> </body> </html>
  2. 2. It's destabilizing all my assumptions about what text is supposed to do!
  3. 3. http://www.sadanduseless.com/2010/10/animated-film-gifs/
  4. 4. Perhaps one could argue that blinking text is similarly ironic.
  5. 5. The top one is particularly nostalgic.
  6. 6. We're enjoying a serene slide to recover from all the blinking and marquees. Are you relieved?
  7. 7. http://urbanphotos.hubpages.com/ http://www.cinemaretro.com Marquees in their natural habitats.
  8. 8. This is also the illusion of motion.
  9. 9. Don't overlook the additional heavy use of Comic Sans evident in this source code, though that's a whole different kettle of fish.
  10. 10. Derrida deserves his picture in every presentation, and does not deserve to be made into a tacky gif.
  11. 11. % %
  12. 12. The blink tag is noncompliant with accessibility guidelines, and can make navigation difficult for blind users. This is a concept that is surprisingly hard to display in a visual medium, it turns out.
  13. 13. In Firefox, type “about:config” where you would normally type a URL, then filter for “blink.” Right-click, toggle. Disabling marquees, on the other hand, involves manually adding the variable in order to disable them.
  14. 14. -Lou Montulli, inventor of the <blink>tag
  15. 15. Do you find your perceptions of what text can do threatened and destabilized now?

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