Monthly Archives: February 2011

Some old JavaScript

3 February 2011

I was digging around in my archives and discovered some old JavaScript demos I wrote back in 1999 — long enough ago that I thought of them as “DHTML pages”. It turns out that they only needed a few minor tweaks to make them work on modern browsers; the bulk of that was removing the browser-sniffing code, and then in each case where I was deciding what to do based on whether the browser was Netscape 4 or Internet Explorer 4 (!), deleting one or the other case. Looks like it was about 50/50 as to which browser won.

Anyway, without much further ado, I bring you the holding page for my old personal/political blog, before it went live (and you can really see how this would have pulled the readers in), and a page in the style of 1980s/early 90s Amiga demos. The latter is particularly worthy of note because when I originally posted it, I made sure it only appeared in 640×480 windows — because anything larger would make even fast machines grind to a halt, all those years ago back in 1999. The tagline really made sense, back then.

Excuse me, I just need to go into a corner and feel old…

[UPDATE] I kept track of the changes required to convert 1999-vintage DHTML to modern JavaScript in a Git repo, if anyone’s interested in doing a similar conversion then let me know in the comments and I’ll put together something.