Vote for your favorite BLINK attributes!

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Mike Piff

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Jun 2, 1995, 3:00:00 AM6/2/95
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pa...@nic.cerf.net (Paul Phillips) wrote:
>While recollecting old email exchanged with the Netscape team, it
>occurred to me that they haven't implemented any of the great BLINK
>attributes we bandied about. Must be time for some USER PRESSURE!
>Here are some ideas -- propose your own!
>

Why stop at attributes?

How about

6) A cursor that blinks at you when you post a reply?

7) A blinking Netscape icon when you fetch a page?

Aw, shucks! Already have those...


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Paul Phillips

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Jun 2, 1995, 3:00:00 AM6/2/95
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While recollecting old email exchanged with the Netscape team, it
occurred to me that they haven't implemented any of the great BLINK
attributes we bandied about. Must be time for some USER PRESSURE!
Here are some ideas -- propose your own!

The obvious:

1) HERTZ: a variable blink rate is definitely called for. Annoy
the entire world with a slow blinker! Induce seizures with a
sufficiently fast one! Many possibilities here.

2) SUBLIMINAL: Oh, you think that's just a myth, eh? Wait
until I loose this on you:

Here is some important
<BLINK SUBLIMINAL="you want me baby">information</BLINK>
for you. Be sure to take a
<A HREF="http://wherever/">look</A> soon.

(That page is for women only.)

Others:

3) VARIABLE: why be tied down to a single rate of oscillation?
With the VARIABLE attribute, your extremely important blinking
text can flash on and off with no rhyme or reason.

4) SUPERVARIABLE: why should all parts of the word blink at
the same rate? C'mon, this is the NEW FRONTIER of electronic
publishing! Each letter can blink separately, or better yet,
each pixel! Endless possibilities.

5) SUPERVARIABLECOLORFUL: let's not get tied down to monochrome!
Each letter, nay, each pixel should have its own color. Under X
we can grant each letter its own colormap!

You think these are great ideas as well, don't you! Then be sure
to email everyone at Netscape telling them so. No, I'm sure they
have better things to do than answer email. Call! Phone calls
carry much more weight when it comes to feature priority. Everyone
says so!

-PSP

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Carlos May

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Jun 3, 1995, 3:00:00 AM6/3/95
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Blinks should always be in time to whatever music is playing on
your sound system!! (Car windshield wipers should keep proper time
too. Whoever invented them was obviously a real "musically challenged"
square.) (Need I say it should be blink on 1 & 3 for Sousa, 2 & 4 for
jazz?)
This should just be part of a program to make the world more like
early 1930's Betty Boop cartoons, where all the inanimate objects
KNEW how to MOVE TO THE BEAT!!

Froggy
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John Caskie

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Jun 3, 1995, 3:00:00 AM6/3/95
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There is another BLINK attribute not mentioned that should be included.

6) MULTI-BLINK PER LINE: the current version of Netscape only allows one
blink attribute per line. Wouldn't it be great if we could use more than
one. Perhaps they could even be set to blink out of phase with each
other!


Don Day

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Jun 3, 1995, 3:00:00 AM6/3/95
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Rate sensors and motion detectors provide fine inputs for controlling <blink>:

7) RATE=(HEART|RESPIRATION|ALPHAWAVE|BIORHYTHM): use this attribute to
provide a visual indication of the physiological cycles of the user. Requires
external sensors interfaced through a game port (such hardware attachments
are known as "NetScape Extensions"). A vote is open on whether to include
"SHIVERS" and "NERVOUS MOTIONS".

8) FLICKER=(MOUSE|KEYBD|HARDDRIVE|MODEM): use this attribute to cause the
bracketed text to flicker at a constant rate while the selected system device
is active. Since system monitoring does not require external leads, this is not
a NetScape Extension.

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rdou...@hoasys.isd1.tafensw.edu.au

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Jun 5, 1995, 3:00:00 AM6/5/95
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In article <3qmdi1$h...@news.cerf.net>, pa...@nic.cerf.net (Paul Phillips) writes:
> While recollecting old email exchanged with the Netscape team, it
> occurred to me that they haven't implemented any of the great BLINK
> attributes we bandied about. Must be time for some USER PRESSURE!
> Here are some ideas -- propose your own!
What about SEQUENTIAL_BLINK where the characters blink in sequence from left to
right (or right to left) like those flashing light signs they use on road-works
in some places. Coooool.

Roger
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David Gerard

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Jun 6, 1995, 3:00:00 AM6/6/95
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On 3 Jun 1995 04:17:20 GMT, John Caskie (jca...@ccnet.ccnet.com) wrote:

: 6) MULTI-BLINK PER LINE: the current version of Netscape only allows one

: blink attribute per line. Wouldn't it be great if we could use more than
: one. Perhaps they could even be set to blink out of phase with each
: other!

Don't forget each one being able to be set to a different blinking
frequency. Imagine a line of about twenty BLINKs, all at very slightly
different frequencies, slowly coming into and going out of phase with
each other ... <retch>

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Keith Baird

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Jun 6, 1995, 3:00:00 AM6/6/95
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pa...@nic.cerf.net (Paul Phillips) wrote:
>While recollecting old email exchanged with the Netscape team, it
>occurred to me that they haven't implemented any of the great BLINK
>attributes we bandied about. Must be time for some USER PRESSURE!
>Here are some ideas -- propose your own!


<BLINK CHASE RATE=x>text</BLINK>

This would induce blink on each letter of the text succesively. Probably
requires a left/right designation, thus:

<BLINK CHASE DIRECTION=left RATE=x>text</BLINK>

In the meantime, we'll just have to settle for those refreshingly animated
title bars.

--/<eith

Colman Reilly

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Jun 6, 1995, 3:00:00 AM6/6/95
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ge...@cougar.vut.edu.au (David Gerard) writes:

>On 3 Jun 1995 04:17:20 GMT, John Caskie (jca...@ccnet.ccnet.com) wrote:

>: 6) MULTI-BLINK PER LINE: the current version of Netscape only allows one
>: blink attribute per line. Wouldn't it be great if we could use more than
>: one. Perhaps they could even be set to blink out of phase with each
>: other!

>Don't forget each one being able to be set to a different blinking
>frequency. Imagine a line of about twenty BLINKs, all at very slightly
>different frequencies, slowly coming into and going out of phase with
>each other ... <retch>

And can we put them in different colours maybe? Imagine the mustard yellow and
lime green grid flashing to highlight those kool links.

Colman, who's off to get ill now.
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William Lorenzo Moss IV

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Jun 6, 1995, 3:00:00 AM6/6/95
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If Netscape or any other graphical browser understands the blink tag, I'd
like to see some effort to make blink be attention getting but not unpleasant.

This could be done simply if blink did not flash on and off, but instead
cycled intensity between a low and high state over a range of discrete
color/intensity changes and then back from high to low in a cycle.

Sort of a slow glowing and dimming of the text's background which would
be attention getting, but not unpleasant to view.

William
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steve johnson

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Jun 7, 1995, 3:00:00 AM6/7/95
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my favorite blink attribute: <blink>=0. or <none> or <off> or...

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Andrew Tong

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Jun 7, 1995, 3:00:00 AM6/7/95
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ge...@cougar.vut.edu.au (David Gerard) writes:

>: 6) MULTI-BLINK PER LINE: the current version of Netscape only allows one
>: blink attribute per line. Wouldn't it be great if we could use more than
>: one. Perhaps they could even be set to blink out of phase with each
>: other!

>Don't forget each one being able to be set to a different blinking
>frequency. Imagine a line of about twenty BLINKs, all at very slightly
>different frequencies, slowly coming into and going out of phase with
>each other ... <retch>

Actually, being able to control blink this much, you can fake a little
animated border of lights that move around the screen.

Not that that's what it would be used exclusively for, of course...

-- Andrew

Eric Iverson

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Jun 7, 1995, 3:00:00 AM6/7/95
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don...@bga.com (Don Day) writes:

>7) RATE=(HEART|RESPIRATION|ALPHAWAVE|BIORHYTHM): use this attribute to
>provide a visual indication of the physiological cycles of the user. Requires
>external sensors interfaced through a game port (such hardware attachments
>are known as "NetScape Extensions"). A vote is open on whether to include
>"SHIVERS" and "NERVOUS MOTIONS".

Don't forget "INDUCE EPILEPTIC SEZIURE", popular with Nintendo-type games.


Let me add my own: "BLINK ONCE" do that and you'll miss it.

And why stop with BLINK? Why not "WINK"? ;-)

I'm glad that Netscape won't continue to support BLINK in further
releases. But I've also seen some hot java applets that will
do much worse.

--Eric

Jonathan Rochkind

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Jun 7, 1995, 3:00:00 AM6/7/95
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In article <3r2dnp$r...@acmey.gatech.edu>, gt0...@prism.gatech.edu

(William Lorenzo Moss IV) wrote:

> If Netscape or any other graphical browser understands the blink tag, I'd
> like to see some effort to make blink be attention getting but not unpleasant.

Attention getting you say? Funny, I thought that's pretty much what <EM>
and <STRONG> were for. If some browser wants to implement <STRONG> as
blinking text, that's fine with me (but I won't use it). If two levels of
emphasis aren't enough, maybe HTML 3.0 should have a <SUPERSTRONG>. Or,
better yet, <EM LEVEL=x> where n can be from 1 to n, n being the most
emphatic. Then browsers could blink (or do your gradual color shift)
_really_ strong emphasis, but do more normal (and less painful) thigs with
ordinary emphasis.

Carl von Loesch

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Jun 7, 1995, 3:00:00 AM6/7/95
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What about poor-man's animation by allowing parts of the color table in
pictures to be cycled at a certain rate like the amiga video chip does...

You can do amazing tricks like that just by switching values of the
color table -- close to no computation effort.

<img ... cycle=2-9 rate=1>

Cycle color values in table fields 2 to 9 at the rate of one second.


Oops I'm off topic, ok here's the ObBlink:

<blink intensity=30-70>TEXT</blink>

Means the TEXT will blink between 30 and 70% of the normal color intensity,
which in the case of black is a pair of greys instead of just black/paperwhite.

The calculation obviously has to operate on the current text and bgcolor values.

This would allow nice "halfbrite" blinks, which are sort of almost elegant.

Then again, one could aswell just do this:

<blink colors=#000000,#f00000,#0000f0>TEXT</blink>

or even

<blink colors=#f00000,#0000f0 steps=30>TEXT</blink>

which fades the TEXT from red to blue in thirty steps.

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