Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Don't blink! Blink and you're dead...


Sorry, this is not really a Doctor Who post. 

Not a lot of people will even remember this, but early HTML had an element called Blink which made text, well...  blink on and off. 

It never made it into a w3c standard, and was generally regarded as ugly and pointless so when Internet Explorer stopped supporting it, it wasn't a major surprise.   Chrome never supported it, and now in the latest update, neither does Firefox.

I've got mixed feelings about it.  I used blink in my very very first web pages (called SteveNET) and they looked pretty naff, but seeing as it was before you could even do in-line graphics, let alone coloured text, it was better than just plain text. 

But in this day and age, it's really about as useful as a chocolate teapot, and just clogging up the code-base, so it makes sense to drop it.  

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