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    Review crap sites!?

    Ok , it's getting late, I'm getting the coffee giddies - but I thought this could be an interesting idea? (cue accusations of trying to revive *The Pit*).

    I say we post here some examples of our pre webstandards-epiphany websites - have a bit of a laugh at them, and then discuss possible CSS alternatives to the way we used to live: Get those skeletons out of the closet and post 'em here (if you're man [or woman] enough).

    I'll roll it out with this, circa July 2000: http://www.howarth-gallery.co.uk/

    Gary

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    Heheh....all too embarrassed?

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    None of my old sites exist anymore

    Actually, tell a lie... http://web.archive.org/web/*/blinded.f2s.com

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    Your example is the CSS Zen Garden compared to my first sites. I tried to pull one up using the web.archive.org site but they don't load all the way. Let's just say it was very BLUE.

    My first site ever, though, was back in 1994, built using a text editor and checked in Mosaic 1.0. It was called "Phat News International," and was in the top ten Yahoo searches out of about 1000 pages for "phat" and "international news." Back when keywords really mattered, and I was actually in college.

    I didn't use tables, because I don't think many people were even using tables back then. I guess you could say I was building table-less sites before table-less sites were cool...

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    I would but I can't. Took'em out back and shot them.

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    I'd laugh Gary, but I've done worse (the one that stands out is a site I made in MS Publisher [icky I know ] - it was mustard yellow, red and bright blue, with at least 15 animated GIFs per page ).

    All my old stuff has gone to website heaven (or hell), and intends to stay there .

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    Quote Originally Posted by chilipie
    I'd laugh Gary, but I've done worse (the one that stands out is a site I made in MS Publisher [icky I know ] - it was mustard yellow, red and bright blue, with at least 15 animated GIFs per page ).

    All my old stuff has gone to website heaven (or hell), and intends to stay there .
    I can beat that... my very first website was made in aol homepage or whatever it was called and had a (tiled ) background of polkadot ponies from mars that I made in paint. The text was ofcourse comic sans x-large in white and green!

    In my defense this was about 1996 and I was 13

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    My first site was on angelfire and was full of childish rants and ridiculous 3D animated gifs that I made that I thought were just the coolest. My friend Jonathan and I created the page, I just wish I could still find it.

    I first learned about HTML when Ultimate Bulletin Board was new and when people hadn't disabled html on very many boards. Needless to say some people on the board used the HTML code to mess up the way the boards displayed and so I became interested in what I thought was 'hacking'. Soon after the game Action Quake 2 was released and I joined a clan and made a web page for that clan: The Great Canadian Butchers [GCB]. I made several incarnations of the GCB webpage and each one was progressively better. I was using table-less designs around about 2000 however it was far from standard compliant either. I would simply use layered images to contruct a page almost entirely crafted from images and 'hot spots'. The pages often looked incredible but the functionality left something to be desired.

    Anyway, I used to be a member of wastedyouth.org which so far as I cna tell has been dead for almost half a decade now. But I still check it just in case every once in a while because they were supposed to be coming back. Oh wow, a new site is being launched by those guys. Anyway, that is where I learned about photoshop back in the 5.0 days. I didn't switch from 5.5 until 7.0 came out, well about a year after 7.0 came out. I miss the old days of being so beguiled by the web. Online gaming was so fun because nothing like it had existed before, but now every seven year old and his granny play online multiplayer games. *wistful tear*
    Once I thought I was wrong but I was mistaken.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tristan Gray
    Anyway, that is where I learned about photoshop back in the 5.0 days. I didn't switch from 5.5 until 7.0 came out, well about a year after 7.0 came out.
    Heheh: Illustrator '88 anyone? - as in 1988, on a Mac IICI: colour monitor optional, colour rendering optional (i.e. go away for ten minutes for a cup of tea while Illustrator renders your design in glorious full colour!)

    Circa 1990-1992 I was using Amiga 2000/3000/4000 models to do TV and kiosk graphics/animations - nothing came close back then

    (yes I'm old!)

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    That's just awesome. I remember when animated gifs were like the big thing on the web. The really sexy sites were using roll-over javascript *GASP* and animated gifs! heh. We've come a long way, baby.
    Once I thought I was wrong but I was mistaken.

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    LOL I remember that site ^

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    agh, my first site had a horrible bright blue background, 2 pictures, and about 3 scentences of poorly written text.

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    Hehe, love it, complete with the ever-popular currency converter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rmedek
    Your example is the CSS Zen Garden compared to my first sites.
    Hey thanks mate I'm still actually quite pleased with that site, and even double checking through the code again I don't think it's actually too bad for a website of that era?

    It was actually either the first or second site I ever made (after about a month's worth of Photoshop experience, and an HTML knowledge that you could fit on the back of a postage stamp!) Huh? Doctypes? Accessibility?

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