Comic Update: The Return of Bad TasteOctober 19, 2009
Today’s comic is not reactive, but rather, predictive. As October is the month where Halloween brings its ghouls, ghosts and other monsters to the mind, I can’t help but think about the terrors I’ve seen on the Internet from the days of yore (and sadly yes, even today). Horrible, blighted monstrosities involving the blink and marquee tags, or garish color combinations that unlock portals to the deepest circles of hell.
As someone who is something of a typographic idiot, I can’t help but wonder what foul, plague-ridden beast I might accidentally birth someday while wielding the power of @font-face. And this example at CSS3.Info helps highlight the terrors that text-shadow can bring to the modern era.
I’m not seeking to serve as some sort of doom-saying prophet, but I fear for us all. I’ve seen what high-school students are producing in their “web design” classes (the quotes indicate my sincere lack of confidence). If we don’t shove some taste down their throats, the inheritor to MySpace’s throne of bile-filled ineptness may allow even more control over the pages by amateur authors, allowing some sort of vortex of evil that’ll suck the world’s light away, leaving a black speck in an empty universe.
So, for the love of all humanity, do us all a favor. Remember this motto: Friends don’t let friends use CSS3 without taste.
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