Interesting NHS error message

21 July 2005   2 comments   Web development

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If you go to a page on that doesn't exist, like this one: you'll get an interesting error message. The title is a stroboscopelike marquee text that flings across the screen. It's very frustrating to look at because it's a million times more animated than it needs to be.

BUT a fun thing about it is that it flashes by from left to right, right to left; like a the universal body language of waving your finger or turning your head to indicate NO. I remember that Red Hat used to have on it's display manager log in, that it shakes horizontally if you enter the wrong password. I liked that. It made sense and was not intrusive since it stopped quite quickly.

Anyway, it's an interesting to solution the NHS has taken to display this error message. I'm not going to forget it.


Hi Peter! The "shaking head" error message is what Mac OS X does on login / startup, when it is not yet determined what language the user is running. This works for most languages -- appart from Greek, where shaking your head sideways is "Yes", while a shake "up/down" is "No". OTOH, that error message on works on Mac OS X Safari, it moves in from the right, then stays in place. What you have seen is possibly a JavaScript bug.
Peter Bengtsson
No I think it's Safari just doing their own implementation: <marquee loop="1" scrollAmount="60" behavior="alternate">
which is yet another reasont to stay away from using the <marquee> tag.

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