• bvs23bkv33 (unregistered)

    look like someone tried to level up ghosting in ultima online

  • (nodebb)

    This is something along the lines of #define true random(1,1000, false) in C++, a post departure joke or trolling by a former staffer. I think it's great.

  • Pista (unregistered)

    Pure genius!

  • Vilx- (unregistered)

    Noooooooice! I'm using this! :D

  • Raj (unregistered)

    Reminds me of the good old days when the only way to adjust the size of textboxes in Netscape was by fiddling with the maximum number of characters it could display. Now THAT required web design skills.

  • (nodebb)

    Then there's the pre-Google SEO methodology: write your personal favorite word(s) to elevate in the same color as the page background, thus invisible to readers but picked up by AltaVista's word-counting algorithm.

  • Guest (unregistered)

    Ah, the good old days of webdesign where people manually layed things out with characters.

    Got a table? Whole series of " " again and again to get things to vertically align - right until someone changes the browser window size. Easier fix was using

    , but nobody knew that.

  • Gumpy_Gus (unregistered)

    Meh. it used to be worse. On early versions of IE, you could push a partial page of text out if you followed it with 2049 spaces or somesuch. One less space and your intro logo would not show up, ever. Also, !!important,really,amIE99

  • 0TT0 (unregistered)

    Are you sure this isn't ASCII-art as watermark? The hidden image can be made visible by selecting the whole page with ctrl-a.

  • Jere P. (unregistered)

    Real pros use        

  • (nodebb)

    Of course, "&nbsp" is just as good in some places, and many a web page has LOTS of these littered around the place!

  • Decius (unregistered)


  • eiki (unregistered)

    I used this trick once with some financial reporting from PHP - pad out the averages with 'n' so the columns lined up nicely to the right. Bit ugly, but the Ns justified the means.

  • Bubba (unregistered)

    Change the name of this site to TheDailyRemy.com

  • Bubba (unregistered) in reply to eiki

    You're going to hell for that one


  • get off my lawn (unregistered)

    All the browsers? Don't you mean the only one that was in common use?

  • (nodebb)

    Here's an easier way to get it /right/ ;-) Billing Address Information

    Billing Address 1:<font color=white>City2..</font><input type="text" name="BillStreet1">

    Billing Address 2:<font color=white>City1..</font><input type="text" name="BillStreet2">

    Billing City:<font color=white>Address 12..</font><input type="text" name="BillCity">

  • Tinkle (unregistered)

    Hmm, I think they are clueless on font spacing and just trial-and-errored the characters needed.

    The correct WTF for 100% foolproof foolish alignment is:

    Billing Address 1:<font color=white>City2</font><input type="text" name="BillStreet1">

    Billing Address 2:<font color=white>City1</font><input type="text" name="BillStreet2">

    Billing City:<font color=white>Address 12</font><input type="text" name="BillCity">

  • capt bullshot (unregistered)

    Ever seen a secretary formatting a word document using the Space and Enter key? No, no one does it this way ;-)

  • Wizofaus (unregistered) in reply to eiki

    I'll pay that, clever.

  • Wizofaus (unregistered) in reply to Tinkle

    That's not a WTF, that is true genius... Assuming you're working with browsers that didn't have other reliable options.

  • StrongBad Endless Frontier (unregistered)

    Someone should try that and see how it scales when the user sets larger font sizes or uses a strange resolution.

    I bet it works a lot better than many of the "modern" techniques used by sites today.

  • jgh (unregistered)

    Would have been solved if HTML had implemented TAB characters from day one.

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