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02.03.2004 - semantic ticker

Like several other people across the known universe, I watched the Superbowl on Sunday. One of the things I noticed, aside from Janet Jackson's boob, was the information ticker that CBS was using to display data about the current quarter.

It would appear every so often in the lower left corner of the screen, and the CBS logo would swipe across the heading and new data would be displayed in the box. I made a mental note of this behavior and decided to emulate it for the web.

Initially I intended to write the thing completely with javascript, but that turned out to be not terribly challenging, so I thought I would see if I couldnt manage to write one that used semantic markup that would gracefully degrade for any number of situations such as javascript disabled, or CSS support missing, or huge fonts, or large angry rhinos stampeding across your keyboard.

So bearing in mind that I was unable to replicate a situation such as the last described, give this Semantic Ticker thing a look.

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