Did you know that HTML5 has a [quake] tag?

Folks, I'd really like to apologize the the mess this afternoon.Virginia was the center of a 5.9 magnitude earthquake, and I;m afraid it was my fault. I was beta-testing a new tag for HTML5 and it got a little out of hand. I had thought that the value for the quake tag was in decimal, but it turns out that I should have been using base 16. That was a lot stronger than I thought it would be. I don't know about you, but I'm going to recommend that this tag not be adopted without better error checking. P.S. Joking aside, I am fine and so are almost everyone in the area. It wasn't much of an earthquake.

P.P.S. I got the photo showing the earthquake damage from here.

P.P.S. Mike Cane yelled at me becuase he made a similar joke on Twitter.

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2 Comments on Did you know that HTML5 has a [quake] tag?

  1. I had a sinking feeling when I heard about your quake. My home town got hit by a 6.3 in February; 181 people died and there was major damage which still affects us daily. I’m pretty sure that the impact was so high because we had a 7.1 in September last year (in which no-one was killed but buildings were weakened etc).
    Anyway, I’m glad you’re OK. Just be careful with those HTML tags!

  2. My office is in Arlington. Our building has some scary cracks in the stairwells and some of the Exit signs are dangling from the ceiling. I am not looking forward to going back into that place.

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