09-01-2008 05:02 AM
09-01-2008 06:15 AM
the MARQUEE element is part of the specifications of Internet Explorer. It is not part of the official HTML 4.01 recommendation :
I suggest you to validate your webpage on the W3 (X)HTML validator :
09-01-2008 06:19 AM
On a more personal point of view, I hate websites where the webmaster designs things to test if I am epileptic like this one :
I thing that using moving or blinking things is really annoying, a way of confessing "I'm a bad designer and I can't adjust the page for you to focus on the important things, so I make Las Vegas marching ants and Knight Rider stuffs".
Honestly, as far as I can remember I have never seen a marquee that was useful. If you want to alert the viewer, use big red fonts, use a red border around a div, but don't use moving things.
09-02-2008 05:01 AM
Thanks for your reply. The main portel page is written in jsp, which obviously dynamically creates a page customised for the end users BlackBerry device by querying SQL (where pin is sent via http header to servlet). As part of the data that we get back, we need to display a news ticker. Marquee works perfectly for this, an animated gif would as well I guess but the gif would need to be generated on the fly with data from SQL and displayed on the screen. I was just wondering why this has worked on all BB devices to date except for the BOLD. On the 8310 the BlackBerry browser is able to display the ticker perfectly on both the BB Browser and IE emulation modes. This could well be a glitch in the BOLD we have as its a pre-release. Also I did hear that RIM are in the process of releasing a new firmware update to fix certain browser glitches. I'm more of a Java developer than a web designer but as were under resourced in this department, I've been tasked to also create the web pages.. to the best of my ability, hence I probably don't use best practices in terms of an end-users experience. My moto is simply.. they want it.. they get it!.
09-02-2008 06:22 AM
I still think the ticker thing is not a bad idea, but I agree with you : "the user knows better".
About the gif, it's not hard to take a text and use a java library to create an animated gif. The problem will be the configuration of the user : on the Blackberry Browser, you can choose how you want to display the gif :