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Re: Marquee

From: Garth Wallace <gwalla@hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 14 May 1998 19:26:08 PDT
Message-ID: <19980515022610.3253.qmail@hotmail.com>
To: lawranc5@airmail.net
Cc: www-html@w3.org
>From: "Lawrance Family Member" <lawranc5@airmail.net>
>To: "Garth Wallace" <gwalla@hotmail.com>

>Actually, it IS possible to achieve the effect of Microsoft's
>proprietary Marquee tag without the Marquee tag.  Using JavaScript, it
>is possible to access CSS positioning (and change it):
>In Netscape Communicator:
>document.object.left
>document.object.right
>document.object.top
>you get the idea....
>In Internet Explorer:
>document.all.object.style.left
>document.all.object.style.right
>document.all.object.style.top
>et cetera....
>Using the setTimeout() function inside a "scrolling" function, it is
>possible to create the scrolling marquee effect of the Marquee tag. 
>I feel that making a marquee tag would be beneficial because every time
>I've heard an engineer like you say some idea was not good, some author
>like me will find ways to achieve what we want, no matter how much
>strain we put on the server through gigantic animated gifs....

Yes, but from a design perspective, just because you can doesn't mean 
you should. Just because it's possible doesn't mean it's a good idea.

  CSS
>wouldn't even exist had it not been for the demands of authors placed 
on
>engineers to make content to look how they wanted it to look.  I am not
>suggesting this idea because it is not possible already; I am 
suggesting
>this idea to make it easier to include this functionality with greater
>ease.

It's my belief that, in an ideal world, attractive effects should be 
simple to implement and unattractive effects should be difficult.

>  Such is the case of other CSS properties, like:
>A:hover { (whatever) }
>This could be achieved with onmouseover and onmouseout event handlers,
>but CSS found a way to make things easier for authors.

Yes, but A:hover is a relatively benign effect.

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