It gets worse from here.
HTML and CSS are full of stuff that is deprecated, ill-considered, and pitilessly inevitable, each iota unto its own end…yet still with a strong claim on redeeming social value.
And then there’s the misbegotten matter that inexplicably made it from the back of someone’s mind, onto the back of a BevNap, through meetings, into the Action Item List of a manager’s manager, around and within code, and finally came to life in the steaming bowels of a working web browser. Never use the tools described in this final passage, unless your refusal will get you sacked.
These elements are really artifacts of the Web’s late childhood—in fact the
blink element is disabled by default
in Firefox, if still supported—but they force
visitors to divide their attention. As an added bonus, they also put
some epileptics at risk for seizures.
It so happens that Internet Explorer gives stylists access to scroll bars and the chrome of windows that they instantiate. This creates an opportunity to extend branding into other parts of the user experience, which might be seen as a win in the eyes of some people.
But it’s not. When you mess around with the user interface that in every other application stays constant, you’re violating user ...