<blink>A little fun history to brighten your day!</blink>
 
Here's a little Friday Fun to brighten your day!

Ever wondered how everyone's favorite HTML element <blink> came to be? In 1994, +Lou Montulli and some other engineers from Netscape went out to grab a drink at a local bar in Mountain View. At one point in the evening, Lou mentioned he was sad that Lynx wasn't going to be able to display any of the new presentational HTML elements that were being proposed, and that all Lynx was capable of was blinking text.

The next morning, Lou came in to work to find one of the engineers thought it a good idea and had implemented after leaving the bar that night!

I think that's what's called agile development! Check out the full story below!
I am widely credited as the inventor of the <blink> tag. For those of you who are relatively new to the Web, the <blink> tag is an HTML command that causes text to blink, and many, many pe...
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The bio I send to people mentions that I started playing on the web when <blink> and <marquee> were still cool. And occasionally, people will just paste it right on to their website, which sometimes leads only about 1/2 of my bio showing up, and the next persons bio is blinking! :D
 
+Margaret Leber <marquee> was kinda cool though. It think that must have been my first encounter with "animation" in pure HTML awesomeness.
 
Very true, they were being used everywhere and at the time, were all the rage. And really, I didn't know any better!
 
There is still a kind of <blink> out there called <marquee>.
 
+J. Stephen Rosenboom It is, in fact, true.

It's never surprised me that <blink> was invented after a night at a bar. What I always found stunning was that <marquee> was done stone cold sober. (Also true story - I was on the HTML rendering engine team on IE at the time.)
 
<marquee> was great. I think <blink> was just totally abused, and could've been great too.
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