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Gecko May Drop the Blink Tag 138

Posted by timothy
from the you'll-notice-we-eschew-it dept.
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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Gecko May Drop the Blink Tag

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  • by Chris Mattern (191822) on Tuesday April 09, 2013 @10:54AM (#43401399)

    How ironic.

  • by TWX (665546) on Tuesday April 09, 2013 @10:56AM (#43401425)
    How are we supposed to now write Erwin Schrödinger's famous thought experiment in only one line now?
  • Geocities (Score:5, Funny)

    by symes (835608) on Tuesday April 09, 2013 @11:04AM (#43401523) Journal

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

  • by plover (150551) on Tuesday April 09, 2013 @11:12AM (#43401633) Homepage Journal

    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.

  • by guttentag (313541) on Tuesday April 09, 2013 @11:45AM (#43402113) Journal

    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.

  • by markzip (1313025) on Tuesday April 09, 2013 @12:21PM (#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. ;-)

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