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  •  I remember that, but wasn't that an IE tag (3+ / 0-)

    and not a DKos html choice?

    Because I'm pretty sure that if blinking text were ever available here, I'd have made good use of it.



    I like paying taxes... with them, I buy Civilization

    by Angie in WA State on Wed Jul 20, 2011 at 12:57:06 PM PDT

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    •  Old Skool Netscape (7+ / 0-)

      Coded -- I'm not making this up -- by a drunken software engineer based on a joke suggestion from one of the early HTML developers.

      Lou Montulli is credited as the inventor of the blink tag at Netscape, although he claims he only suggested the idea, without writing any actual code.

      ... At some point in the evening I mentioned that it was sad that Lynx was not going to be able to display many of the HTML extensions that we were proposing, I also pointed out that the only text style that Lynx could exploit given its environment was blinking text. We had a pretty good laugh at the thought of blinking text, and talked about blinking this and that and how absurd the whole thing would be. [...] Saturday morning rolled around and I headed into the office only to find what else but, blinking text. It was on the screen blinking in all its glory, and in the browser. How could this be, you might ask? It turns out that one of the engineers liked my idea so much that he left the bar sometime past midnight, returned to the office and implemented the blink tag overnight. He was still there in the morning and quite proud of it.

      It was deprecated from the cradle, but that didn't stop it from being widely adopted amongst Geocities and Tripod users throughout the back half of the 90s.

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