· Naughties
· · 2006
· · · March
· · · · 28 (1 entry)

Sam Destroys the Internets · Check out <a href='http://www.intertwingly.net/blog/2006/03/28/plaintext'>Sam Ruby’s latest</a>... but only in a browser. His use of <code><plaintext></code>, which turns out to be <a href='http://www.htmlcodetutorial.com/_PLAINTEXT.html'>an obsolete HTML tag</a> (I’d never seen it, and I’ve been doing this shit since 1994), has <a href=' http://bloglines.com/citations?url=http%3A%2F%2Ftbray.org%2Fongoing&submit=Search'>exploded Bloglines</a> (no biggie, Bloglines is basically unmaintained these days) and <a href='http://planetapache.org/'>demolished PlanetApache</a> (scroll down a bit). <a href='http://planetjava.org/'>PlanetJava</a> has silent data loss, and <a href='http://del.icio.us/url/a7acc9f2a9a2b6c92ffb5b6837a5872d'>del.icio.us</a> is barfing angle-brackets. It’s only a matter of hours before the Web Implodes, Wall Street Crashes, and mobs of looters take apart downtown Topeka, Kansas. Stock up on dried foods. <i>[Update: <a href='http://www.laurenwood.org/anyway/'>Lauren</a> points out that <code><plaintext></code> is defined, but deprecated, in the <a href='http://ftp.ics.uci.edu/pub/ietf/html/rfc1866.txt'>HTML RFC from 1995</a>. How many more scary forgotten tags are lurking in the codebase, I wonder?] [Update: You might want to go back to Sam’s post and read <a href='http://www.intertwingly.net/blog/2006/03/28/plaintext'>the comments</a>, which are instructive and entertaining.]</i>
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