Textual obeisance

If you’re working on the backend of official North Korean Web sites — although if you can read this, you’re probably not — you already know this rule:

There’s a curious quirk on every official North Korean website. A piece of programming that must be included in each page’s code.

Its function is straightforward but important. Whenever leader Kim Jong-un is mentioned, his name is automatically displayed ever so slightly bigger than the text around it. Not by much, but just enough to make it stand out.

The US being more or less overrun with officials with similarly high opinions of themselves, I suspect this practice will become common on dot-gov sites in the near future.


  1. McGehee »

    11 December 2012 · 8:04 am

    I first read this post last night on my smartphone, where the “enlarged” font was actually smaller than the surrounding text. Lucky for Kim nobody in North Korea has a smartphone, eh?

  2. KingShamus »

    11 December 2012 · 8:17 am

    Don’t give Obama any ideas, dude.

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