Have you ever shoved a <blink> into a <marquee> tag? Pixar gets all the accolades today, but in the 90s this was a serious feat of computer animation. By combining these two tags, you were a trailblazer. A person capable of great innovation. A human being that all other human beings could aspire to.
You were a web developer in the 1990s.
With that status, you knew you were hot shit. And you brought with you a score of the most fearsome technological innovations, the likes of which we haven’t come close to replicating ever since.
One of which I still use every single week:
Are images too advanced for you? HTML For Dummies doesn’t cover the <IMG> tag until chapter four? Well, you’re in luck: the
tag is here!
You may be saying to yourself, “Self, I know all about HTML entity encoding. What is this dastardly handsome man going on about?”
The answer, dear reasonably attractive reader, is an innovation that youth of today don’t respect nearly enough: the stacked
. Much like the 1×1.gif trick, you can just arbitrarily scale
for whatever needs you may face.
Two of them, for instance, keep apart the search string and the remark appended thereto, in every Monday’s list of strange search-engine queries. And the text file that serves the “It is written” proto-widget contains several, though they’re intended to keep pairs of initials — think “P. J.” or “G. K.” — from being split at the end of the line.
I realize that this will irritate people who can’t bear the thought of a page actually not passing validation. But hey, you take your little delights where you find them.