Blinking Christmas

Posted Dec 22, 2005 in Events.

Animated blinking Christmas tree

Animated GIFs. Horrible, aren't they? A relic of the '90s, they continue to appear in modern websites, particularly in the festive season. They've always looked tacky and amateurish, and they always will.

Equally awful are some of the Christmas decorations that adorn houses over the holiday period. I've seen entire houses blinking on and off, which must cause all sorts of traffic-control headaches. I've seen ridiculous-looking sleighs with spinning wheels, deer which look for food in the snow, and giant inflatable snow globes.

What is wrong with people? Why do they do this to their homes, and their websites? Stop the blinking! </blink> and </marquee> please!


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    Press the stop button to make </blink> and </marquee> stop blinking and marqueeing

    Posted by Paul on Dec 24, 2005.

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    Indeed, in Internet Explorer you can stop blink, marquees, and even animated GIFs (like the tree) from doing their thing, but not in Firefox. It's a shame there is no stop button for blinking lights and snow globes in the real world.

    Posted by Simon Jessey on Dec 24, 2005.

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    heh ... latest thing is animated favicons. Go figure.


    Posted by Ben Tremblay on Jan 02, 2006.