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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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RobBrown August 23, 2011 um 6:34 pm

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!

karen wester newton August 23, 2011 um 9:49 pm

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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