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November 30, 2011 8:07 PM   Subscribe

Can any web designers speak to what's up with the <marquee> tag? I want to use it in a tasteful, scrolling-credits-type way — is it even worth doing?

I know that the tag is depreciated and has non grata status with the W3C, but it still works for me both in FF7 and IE8, and I still see it used on the web on a not-infrequent basis. Has anyone used it in any recent web design work? Or is there a reasonable replacement to generate a scrolling effect without something as heavy as jQuery? I know that CSS3 has an overflow-style property which should allow the marquee effect, but that doesn't seem to be widely supported yet. Thoughts?
posted by FreelanceBureaucrat to Computers & Internet (6 answers total)
Like this?

Here you go.
posted by empath at 8:32 PM on November 30, 2011

Here's someone who did it with CSS animation properties in webkit.

There is BTW a W3C recommendation for marquee properties. Supposedly it's implemented in webkit but the examples I was coming across weren't working for me in Chrome.
posted by XMLicious at 8:32 PM on November 30, 2011

Also, I wouldn't worry about how heavy jQuery is for something as frivolous and flashy as an end credits sequence. So many pages depend on it, anyway.
posted by empath at 8:34 PM on November 30, 2011

To add to empath's comment, Google hosts a copy of JQuery that a lot of people use on their sites so if you just link to that version chances are pretty high that people will already have it cached.
posted by _frog at 8:40 PM on November 30, 2011 [3 favorites]

In the e-mail marketing world, it was recently noted that Travelocity was using the marquee tag in an e-mail campaign (text/link on the top left of the page).
posted by tommccabe at 9:02 PM on November 30, 2011

Yeah, I guess I should just go with jQuery after all. _frog, your point about using the Google-hosted script is an excellent one.

posted by FreelanceBureaucrat at 6:26 PM on December 1, 2011

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