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Gecko May Drop the Blink Tag

timothy posted about a year ago | from the you'll-notice-we-eschew-it dept.

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AmiMoJo writes "It looks like Mozilla are finally going to remove the much hated blink tag from the Gecko rendering engine that powers Firefox. Work to remove support for the tag, which was always non-standard and is not supported by the most popular HTML layout engines WebKit and Blink (Chrome, Safari, Opera, Android), is progressing and should show up in a future version of the browser." A comment attached to the discussion of this (not completed) move points out the odd possibility that Google's new Blink rendering engine may feature the blink tag via CSS animation, which would be "hilarious/awesome."

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Bed-wetting momma's-boys (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43401297)

That's what you all are. Bed-wetting momma's-boys.

Re:Bed-wetting momma's-boys (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43401357)

Yeah, but I sleep at the shallow end

Re:Bed-wetting momma's-boys (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43401659)

Yeah, but I sleep at the shallow end

... of the gene pool.

Re:Bed-wetting momma's-boys (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43401743)

Yeah, but it's your momma. And she kinda likes it when I pee on her.

Will feature the hosts tag instead (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43401351)

So your hosts file troll will blinked to death!

no problem (5, Informative)

iggymanz (596061) | about a year ago | (#43401359)

HTML5 allows blink functionality to be done via CSS3 animations, so they can never take the away from us!

Re:no problem (4, Insightful)

AvitarX (172628) | about a year ago | (#43401825)

But It's appropriate for it to be in CSS, It's a style of display that has to syntax. I wish they'd remove bold and italic too.

Re:no problem (1)

ByOhTek (1181381) | about a year ago | (#43401895)

sure, but at least that makes it more difficult. However, for the unfortunate souls that are using blink-tag enabled browsers... blink was much easier for me to use. Suckers.

Re:no problem (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43404343)

Yes, because no one ever uses bold or italic anymore.

Sigh. You should leave your mom's basement at least once in a while.

Re:no problem (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43404439)

I guess you haven’t looked at a mass market, popular book in a while. The GP is correct that bold and italics are dead. Put down your Tolkien (and his racist Eurocentric bias) and pick-up some more modern fiction like Meyer. You’ll learn just how out of touch you are if you really think bold and italic are needed for typesetting.

Re:no problem (2)

hackula (2596247) | about a year ago | (#43402051)

And last I checked a few months ago (don't ask), IE still allows the 'marquee' tag, which might be even "better" than 'blink'. (In case anyone does not remember it, 'marquee' is the one that scrolls all child DOM elements across the screen horizontally like a carnival ride.)

Re:no problem (Marquee) (4, Funny)

markzip (1313025) | about a year ago | (#43402579)

Somewhere in the Wayback Machine there is a page I coded in 1997. It featured

marquee

nested inside

blink

. And I did it because the client's kid thought it was cool. I bet he's sorry to see it go, I know I am. ;-)

Re:no problem (Marquee) (2)

flimflammer (956759) | about a year ago | (#43403049)

Man, that brings me back... I remember back in the mid 90s putting small sprite animated gifs of running characters into marquee tags so it would look like one character was chasing the other in forum sigs...

Re:no problem (2)

Carewolf (581105) | about a year ago | (#43404129)

And last I checked a few months ago (don't ask), IE still allows the 'marquee' tag, which might be even "better" than 'blink'. (In case anyone does not remember it, 'marquee' is the one that scrolls all child DOM elements across the screen horizontally like a carnival ride.)

Marquee is also supported by WebKit and Blink.

Re:no problem (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43404709)

Marquee always baffled BE speakers. In the UK, a marquee is a big tent. The sideways-scrolling effect is known as a "marching display".

Even without html5 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43402183)

I've already ran into an otherwise reasonably sane-looking website that recreated blink with div and a bit of javascript.

And then there's animated gifs.

It all means that web"design" is not nearly often enough about the actual content.

How is Blink the most popular? (4, Insightful)

thestudio_bob (894258) | about a year ago | (#43401395)

How is Blink one of the most popular HTML layout engines?

Is being used yet?

Re:How is Blink the most popular? (1)

HaZardman27 (1521119) | about a year ago | (#43401683)

No, but it will be for Chrome 28. Even if only 10% of Chrome users upgrade right away, that will still be over 3 million people using the Blink renderer.

Re:How is Blink the most popular? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43401865)

It will auto update every user.

Re:How is Blink the most popular? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43401871)

Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't chrome require every user to always be running the current version of itself? At the very least the auto update is the default setting.

Re:How is Blink the most popular? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43402093)

It won't always auto upgrade until you launch it.

Re:How is Blink the most popular? (1)

SQLGuru (980662) | about a year ago | (#43402329)

And you're connected.....

I launch Chrome very infrequently (I just close the lid on my laptop, so it's still "running" for several days and/or weeks). Sometimes I launch Chrome even when I'm not connected to the Internet.......as a developer, I use a browser beyond just to browse the Internet....

So, I've actually been a couple of versions behind on Chrome (not on purpose, but it happens). It eventually corrects itself, but it's possible to be behind a few versions.

Re:How is Blink the most popular? (2)

HaZardman27 (1521119) | about a year ago | (#43402119)

Sorry, that should be over 30 million people (Google claims over 300 million people are using Chrome).

Re:How is Blink the most popular? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43403103)

The Google Updater spyware running in the background will take care of it.
Now, I'm not one of the people who wear tinfoil hats, but I consider what the Google Updater behavior spyware-like.

Re:How is Blink the most popular? (4, Funny)

guttentag (313541) | about a year ago | (#43402113)

How is Blink one of the most popular HTML layout engines?

I think what they meant is that people who have no concept of HTML layout have a tendency to overcompensate for this shortcoming by using the BLINK tag as a replacement for all other more-subtle and more-refined embellishments (B, I, U, P, BR, etc.), and they use it with such gusto that use of the tag indicates a subscription to the Blink "School" of layout theory ("more blink equals more better" and so forth) which is treated as a layout engine unto itself, however crude it may be. Many adherents of the Blink School evolved to the Flash school during the AOLic period, but as Blink is so much simpler to implement, it serves as a common denominator and suggests that these simplest developers outnumber all other developers combined. This makes their "layout engine" the most popular, in much the same way that people who do not know how to drive set the popular rules of the road through their ignorance of the actual rules simply by outnumbering everyone else.

I feel there has been a great disturbance in the Blink School, as though millions of dancing animated hamsters suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly stationary but not silenced.

Blink doesn't support blink? (4, Funny)

Chris Mattern (191822) | about a year ago | (#43401399)

How ironic.

Re:Blink doesn't support blink? (2)

tepples (727027) | about a year ago | (#43401797)

And Chrome had less chrome (window decorations, controls, and everything else other than the page content) than other browsers had when it came out. Only after Chrome came out did other major browser publishers think to hide the menu bar and overlap the title bar with tabs by default. Is Google trying to shoot for an irony streak?

Re:Blink doesn't support blink? (1)

Lunix Nutcase (1092239) | about a year ago | (#43402675)

IE7 hid menus by default 2 years before Chrome existed. You just mean Firefox started playing "me too!" after Chrome did it.

The title bar, specifically (1)

tepples (727027) | about a year ago | (#43402789)

hide the menu bar and overlap the title bar with tabs

IE7 hid menus by default 2 years before Chrome existed.

But did either IE or Firefox take advantage of the space in the title bar before Chrome came out? Chrome's innovation was not only no menu bar (which IE had already done, as you point out) but also no title bar.

Re:The title bar, specifically (1)

You're All Wrong (573825) | about a year ago | (#43404639)

Under window managers like DWM, no window has a title bar. Ever. Rendering decorations to windows is the window managers job, not the application's job. Otherwise you get inconsistency.

Decorations and client area on the same row (1)

tepples (727027) | about a year ago | (#43405011)

Under window managers like DWM

This window manager appears to be ported only to X11, not to the native window system of Windows or the native window system of Mac OS X. And even in an environment that uses X11, the proper way I can see for to overlap the "title bar" would be for the application to specify through a hint that a non-rectangular client area is preferred, and then the window manager would tell the application where the window manager is placing decorations, so that the application can place its controls in the part of the client area not occupied by decorations. Do any window managers for X11 support behavior like this?

Re:Blink doesn't support blink? (1)

PRMan (959735) | about a year ago | (#43404171)

Well, let's hope they don't name their next feature "page".

That's not irony (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43404207)

Irony is when there's a black fly in your chardonnay. (A white one is not, however, ironic.)

Schrödinger is not amused (3, Funny)

TWX (665546) | about a year ago | (#43401425)

How are we supposed to now write Erwin Schrödinger's famous thought experiment in only one line now?

Sample code for animating opacity (3, Informative)

tepples (727027) | about a year ago | (#43401837)

How are we supposed to now write Erwin Schrödinger's famous thought experiment in only one line now?

Another user mentioned CSS3 animations [slashdot.org] , and there exists sample CSS3 code for animating opacity [john-smith.me] .

Re:Sample code for animating opacity (1)

Will.Woodhull (1038600) | about a year ago | (#43403265)

I don't know the Schrödinger one liner. But I have kept this link in my Favorites / Weirdly Cunning bookmark bin for about two decades now, as when it is appropriate, it is always very appropriate: The Schroedinger Cat Epic Poem [straightdope.com] .

It would please me to see someone post the HTML code for the blinkin one line Schrödinger. It may also have a place in my Favorites / Weirdly Cunning bookmark bin.

And an additional request: if it be not too far Off Topic--- and I think it not be so--- a discussion by those knowledgeable about anglicization of German names (esp, Schrödinger vs Schroedinger) would be interesting at this point. Provided it was kept short. And appropriately amusing.

Re:Sample code for animating opacity (1)

dirkjan (28041) | about a year ago | (#43403647)

Here you go: not exactly the HTML, but that would actually not kill the cat:

http://ars.userfriendly.org/cartoons/?id=20030427

Re:Sample code for animating opacity (1)

TWX (665546) | about a year ago | (#43404657)

*grin* I'm glad that someone else got the reference...

I DON"T CARE WHAT YOU THINK (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43401475)

So FUCK YOU

Use CSS (3, Informative)

DERoss (1919496) | about a year ago | (#43401503)

Since CSS 1 and still in CSS 2.1, blink has been a recognized value of the text-decoration property. For accessibility, browsers should blink slowly so as not to trigger epilepsy events in susceptible individuals.

Re:Use CSS (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43401585)

For accessibility, browsers should blink slowly so as not to trigger epilepsy events in susceptible individuals.

<script src="epilepsy_party.js"></script>

Re:Use CSS (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43401789)

This. How can people not know this has existed since forever as a CSS property?
It is madness I tell you.

No wonder the web tech is sitting in the 1500s, nobody knows what the hell the features are.

Might as well post this and destroy the sites speed further, a very useful thing in CSS that gets rid of the need for ID Abuse.
http://css-tricks.com/how-nth-child-works/
Actually, I won't link it since the site is slow as hell already, only the worthy will copy and paste or bother to right click and go.
Good luck, Arthur.
Actually this site loads quickly and is more detailed
Nth Child expressions [sitepoint.com]
Most useful thing in CSS for selection.

I wonder what other features people don't know about.
So many new and older things that get obscured by "hey check this new useless feature out, DRM for HTML5" and other fun stuff.

Re:Use CSS (2)

Zontar The Mindless (9002) | about a year ago | (#43401821)

I knew about this when I was still building websites and that was something like... ten years ago. Jesus.

Re:Use CSS (2)

Lumpy (12016) | about a year ago | (#43402457)

Mostly because it has became as big of a mess as Perl Regular Expressions. HTML is well on it's way to becoming line noise.

Re:Use CSS (2)

Will.Woodhull (1038600) | about a year ago | (#43403735)

Those of us who have done web tech since the 1990s know full well that knowing the CSS properties has had damn little value.

Until fairly recently, what had value was knowing which of the CSS standards actually worked in the real world. Which meant keeping an eye on the blighted Microsoft browser versions, and waiting until the ones that were not standards compliant dropped below the level of significance for a web site's intended audience.

For the most part, now we can all use the standard CSS and those web developers who know their subject and have enough experience behind them to do a good job of it are doing so. There is still the matter of sorting out best practices: the standards provide a nice toolkit, but cannot provide any real world guidance in when to use the screwdriver when the hammer is the better choice. The community of web developers is working through that now.

Good standards have been Out There for a long time, but it is only recently that the browsers that held the Web captive to their non-standard crappy ways have lost their dominant influence. I am looking at you, Microsoft. You have held back the world in pursuit of your own profits since the 1990s, but no more. Firefox's success fixed that; now even Microsoft is forced to recognize that to be competitive today, you have to be playing by the same rules as everyone else. Otherwise, Firefox, Chrome, and Opera are going to eat your lunch.

Re:Use CSS (3, Informative)

Carewolf (581105) | about a year ago | (#43404215)

It is an optional part of CSS, and not supported by WebKit or Blink.

We're almost done (0)

GhigoRenzulli (1687590) | about a year ago | (#43401505)

Now they must drop support for Comic Sans font and ugly stupid animated GIFs, then the transition from HTML 1.0 to 2.0 will be definitive.

Geocities (4, Funny)

symes (835608) | about a year ago | (#43401523)

In the blink of an eye all that old Geocities goodness will be wiped away from the eyes of the unsuspecting.

Re:Geocities (3, Funny)

plover (150551) | about a year ago | (#43401633)

In the blink of an eye all that old Geocities goodness will be wiped away from the eyes of the unsuspecting.

How? They're not adding a <tasteful> tag.

Re:Geocities (1)

interval1066 (668936) | about a year ago | (#43402045)

Omg, geocities is STILL around?

Re:Geocities (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43403403)

The original was cruelly taken from us in 2009, but mirrors for much of the content still exists. See, e.g., Reocities. The Internet Archive was one of the organizations that attempted to save the content for posterity. Why? Because even though there was a lot of dreck, much of the content was interesting, and original. It also only existed on Geocities (e.g. Killing King Abacus [reocities.com] , which now also exists elsewhere [theanarchistlibrary.org] ).

And even the dreck was worth saving. For the same reason that the Library of Congress is archiving Twitter. Because historians can use this to examine our time.

Yes, Geocities allowed many (including myself) to put up a website without any knowledge of good design or taste. However, without this free webspace, allowing me (and others) to express myself (themselves), I might have instead gone and shot up my school or something. Which would you prefer?

(Geocities still exists in Japan. However, Yahoo Japan is basically independent of the rest of Yahoo, so that shouldn't be a surprise.)

Re:Geocities (2)

lgw (121541) | about a year ago | (#43403463)

Sadly, no, outside the wayback machine. There were some good reference sites there that were really fast (since no one else still used them).

They are changing the tag - not dropping it (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43401541)

Since Blink will add the blink tab, Gecko will change the blink tab to a gecko tab.

Re:They are changing the tag - not dropping it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43401857)

So the browser can be even more obscure, living in the jungle on its own.

Re:They are changing the tag - not dropping it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43402993)

They should change it to a "webkit" tag.

So, "the end of days" ? (5, Informative)

fire4ever (630478) | about a year ago | (#43401553)

In older versions when typing "about:mozilla" we can read:

"And the beast shall come forth surrounded by a roiling cloud of vengeance. The house of the unbelievers shall be razed and they shall be scorched to the earth. Their tags shall blink until the end of days."

Re:So, "the end of days" ? (2)

kav2k (1545689) | about a year ago | (#43401801)

Mod parent up! Actually true [wikipedia.org] .

Re:So, "the end of days" ? (1)

interval1066 (668936) | about a year ago | (#43402009)

If you didn't know about this little Easter egg, you're a clueless newb.

Re:So, "the end of days" ? (0)

Randle_Revar (229304) | about a year ago | (#43404235)

Agreed.

I like the new verse:

The twins of Mammon quarrelled. Their warring plunged the world into a new darkness, and the beast
abhorred the darkness. So it began to move swiftly, and grew more powerful, and went forth and multiplied.
And the beasts brought fire and light to the darkness.

from The Book of Mozilla, 15:1

Re:So, "the end of days" ? (1)

Randle_Revar (229304) | about a year ago | (#43404465)

Ok, I did not know about the the Book of Ice (about:Iceweasel in Debian Iceweasel):

And thus the beast grew powerful, and fire and thunder swept the land. But Mammon stirred in their hearts, and the beast Foundered, and its Corpse arose, and commanded "thou shalt not fly in my name." And the blazes shall freeze cold, and the souls of the followers of Mammon shall learn to tremble in the face of ice as they did before the fire.

from The Book of Ice, 10:13

ahahahaha!

Re:So, "the end of days" ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43404553)

Aww. I still got an old version:

Mammon slept. And the beast reborn spread over the earth and its numbers
grew legion. And they proclaimed the times and sacrificed crops unto the
fire, with the cunning of foxes. And they built a new world in their own
image as promised by the
sacred words, and spoke
  of the beast with their children. Mammon awoke, and lo! it was
naught but a follower.

from The Book of Mozilla, 11:9
(10th Edition)

It's a sad day... (1)

hobarrera (2008506) | about a year ago | (#43401589)

It's a sad day for web developer all around the world.

Re:It's a sad day... (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | about a year ago | (#43401839)

Let's not go all emo here. We've work to do.

Re:It's a sad day... (1)

Lumpy (12016) | about a year ago | (#43402625)

Only those without souls call it work. We all know that what the customer wants will make us cry ourselves to sleep every night....

http://theoatmeal.com/comics/design_hell [theoatmeal.com]

Re:It's a sad day... (2)

F. Lynx Pardinus (2804961) | about a year ago | (#43401973)

It's a sad day for web developer all around the world.

I had to blink away the tears.

Marquee still works! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43401605)

Thanks to politburo we still have marquee tag, and it works with WebKit too!

CSS already supports it. (2)

dackroyd (468778) | about a year ago | (#43401613)

Fiddle is here http://jsfiddle.net/Danack/3pFUS/ [jsfiddle.net]

@-webkit-keyframes blink {
                from { opacity: 1.0; }
                to { opacity: 0.0; }
                0% { opacity: 1.0; }
                50% { opacity: 0.0; }
                100% { opacity: 1.0; }
        } .blink {
        -webkit-animation-name: blink;
        -webkit-animation-iteration-count: infinite;
        -webkit-animation-timing-function: steps(1);
        -webkit-animation-duration: 1s;
        }

Re:CSS already supports it. (1)

ZiakII (829432) | about a year ago | (#43401707)

The above did not work for me in FireFox 19.0.2.

Re:CSS already supports it. (3, Interesting)

dackroyd (468778) | about a year ago | (#43401763)

Well this might - be really I'm not sure I _want_ this to work. http://jsfiddle.net/Danack/3pFUS/6/ [jsfiddle.net]

Re:CSS already supports it. (1)

ZiakII (829432) | about a year ago | (#43401889)

Yep that works in Firefox. So there is the new blink tag ;).

Re:CSS already supports it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43404091)

Yeah, that works in IE 10 now too. Stupid webkit vendor prefixes... (same with 'transform' btw, never understood why they didn't un-prefix that one long ago)

Re:CSS already supports it. (1)

istartedi (132515) | about a year ago | (#43401781)

It looks like the web has gone from high school to new professional [infiltec.com] and skipped college.

Re:CSS already supports it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43401863)

All this reminds me of the time 10 years ago that a client ticked me off with repeated change requests on their website to "make it more flashy" so I created a "dynamic html" version that used javascript and css to wrap the entire page in one huge blinking marquee.

Purely for my own amusement, of course. The client's webpage got a flash intro.

Re:CSS already supports it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43401901)

Um... Actually, CSS has supported it since almost forever.

Seriously--you never heard of text-decoration:blink;?

Ruh roh. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43401651)

Hope it doesn't make my engshaming picture of Lou Montulli, the inventory, less valuable! :) http://engshaming.tumblr.com/image/30050495135

about:config browser.blink_allowed (0)

X0563511 (793323) | about a year ago | (#43401713)

You've been able to disable the blink tag for ages anyway.

mod 3owgn (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43401761)

Share, This ne3s [goat.cx]

How about rapid Gif's? (0)

onyxruby (118189) | about a year ago | (#43401845)

Gif's that animate in less than a second are the modern blink tag and just as bloody annoying. I'm looking at you Gawker properties with your obsession with Gif's that animate in less than and are /very/ distracting. It's the same bloody problem in a different bloody package, and it's pretty bloody annoying. Thankfully I can block them when I see them with ad block plus...

Marquee (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43401859)

But, what of marquee? Oh, for the days when one could *combine* blink and marquee... the web is dying.

Netscape Navigator Legacy? (0)

ScottCooperDotNet (929575) | about a year ago | (#43401879)

Is this just a tribute or leftover from Firefox's previous life as Netscape Navigator? It seems they were the first browser to include blink.

Re:Netscape Navigator Legacy? (2)

frisket (149522) | about a year ago | (#43404923)

It was first announced for Mosaic 2.5b2 and Netscape B09 in October 1994 [heanet.ie] (thread "HTML"). I criticised it for putting cuteness above all else, and Marc Andreesen justified it by claiming "professional" content providers wanted it, which I disputed, and then it got messy.

And North Korea Prepared to Drop Nukes On South (0)

interval1066 (668936) | about a year ago | (#43401951)

Must be a slow news day.

Re:And North Korea Prepared to Drop Nukes On South (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43402229)

Nobody gives a fuck because nobody believe they will do it.

Re:And North Korea Prepared to Drop Nukes On South (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43403097)

That and Pyongyang and the NK military bases would be reduced to craters within the hour.

Trident (Internet Explorer) is the most popular... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43402023)

...rendering engine on the desktop. It was wishful thinking of the author to omit it. In fact, it's actually gaining market share at the moment.

Article Typo (0)

um.yup. (2892409) | about a year ago | (#43402179)

It should read "It looks like Mozilla is..." Mozilla is a single corporation, and, thus, should have a single verb.

Re:Article Typo (2)

CastrTroy (595695) | about a year ago | (#43403913)

I think it's a British English vs. American English thing. Since it's a corporation, it consists of a group of people, so they use the word "are" to account for that. In American English, it's proper grammar to say "The Miami Heat are going to win the championship this year". Because the Miami Heat is an organization of people. In the same sense, since Mozilla is an organization of people, the British use "are".

Isn't this going to break MySpace? (2)

tippe (1136385) | about a year ago | (#43402323)

I suppose I should be happy they aren't removing support for rendering tasteless backgrounds and crappy fonts... My ugly MySpace page is safe. For now.

Blink's tag (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43402425)

Poor Clarice Ferguson! Her tag is gone.

Sigh... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43402519)

Yeah this is *totally* news worth of the front page...
After 12 years, I'm out.

Re:Sigh... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43403903)

liar

Misplaced hate (1)

ThePhilips (752041) | about a year ago | (#43402925)

It looks like Mozilla are finally going to remove the much hated blink tag

I do not hate the blink tag. I hate the web developers.

Otherwise, I think the blink tag spurred the whole generation of web developers. Just look at all the so-called "Web 2.0" crap. Whether it is <blink> or jQuery's animations for every however tiny P.O.S., the end result is the same: unusable mess.

I admit to using text-decoration: blink; (3, Insightful)

Alain Williams (2972) | about a year ago | (#43403317)

In one web application a form has to be completed within 10 minutes. I have a bit of javascript that puts a message the top of the screen when there are 90 seconds to go, and then makes it blink when there are only 30 seconds left. I don't pretend that it is pretty, but it can bring the user back to a task that they got part way through before being distracted.

Just because something can be used to create monstrosities does not mean that it should be banned. If that were the case, then ban .jpg on the grounds of what used to be found at goatse.cx

Re:I admit to using text-decoration: blink; (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43403863)

What in god's name is that website you are describing? I think it's a prefect example of why NOT to allow blinking.

Removal of the blink tag will harm my workflow (1)

Culture20 (968837) | about a year ago | (#43403477)

As part of my workflow, I have to induce seizures in people who approach my desk for help instead of submitting a request ticket. Without the blink tag, I will have to show them youtube clips of pokemon. [youtube.com]

Just for that... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43403689)

...I'm going to embed this Pokemon video on every page.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denn%C5%8D_Senshi_Porygon

The Doctor is a Gecko developer now? (2)

gblues (90260) | about a year ago | (#43403949)

Don't <blink></blink>.
<blink></blink> and you're dead.

(I am so, so sorry)

this is retarded (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43404023)

Out of all the stupid user-hostile horseshit that has been implemented in browsers over the years, THIS is what makes someone think "gee, maybe this is really more trouble than it's worth?" The blink tag. Because clearly, the blink tag tracks the user, eats up tons of CPU time and bandwidth, loads ads from random servers, installs malware, and downloads kiddy porn.

work is progressing? (1)

belmolis (702863) | about a year ago | (#43404753)

What on earth does it mean to say that "work is progressing" to remove the tag? I've never looked at the code, but I would think that you could disable it with a simple change in one place: either remove the keyword from the parser so it is never recognized, or make it a no-op once it is. Why would getting rid of the tag be complicated enough to take a while and exhibit "progress"?

Blink can be tasteful! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43404767)

But only when used as a reference to an old movie:
http://www.prairiecon.com/nonexistantpage [prairiecon.com]

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