Wednesday, May 22, 2002

HTML and H4RDC0R3 Coding

Anyone who knows me well (or THINKS they know me well) will know that if there's one thing I don't like, it's being outdone.  Especially, ESPECIALLY, when it comes to being weird.  I remember overhearing a conversation between some teens (bless their geeky hearts) on the bus one day.  The two boys were making fun of a compatriot in absentia, because he uses Microsoft Frontpage Express to do his website.  Apparently, the one kid used the Windows notepad program to do HIS page (OOOO!!! AAAAHHHH!!!), while the other used a program called DreamWeaver.  The Notepad accused the Dreamweaver of taking the easy way out, and the argument soon turned into a name-calling session (in good fun, of course).
This sort of one-upmanship (or would it be one-DOWNmanship??) would have fit right in with some of the petty-albeit-good-natured rivalry I had with some of my buddies in grade 12 Computer Science class back in 1990.  So I started to imagine the argument as if it had taken place in my circle the way we were back then...

Jared:  Yeah, I just finished updating my web page again.  Man, I love Dreamweaver!

Karl: Dreamweaver? That's for beginners!  For my money, nothing beats Notepad for simple editing of the HTML code!

Kevin: Yeah, but you need Windows for that!  My laptop's only got a 40 meg hard drive!  So I just use MS-DOS "edit" program to update my site, then copy it to floppy so I can upload it from my main system at home!

CJ: Pffft! Who needs a hard drive!

Others: What?  What do you mean?

CJ: My Tandy 1500 laptop only has a FLOPPY drive!  I can't use EDIT!
Karl: So what do YOU use?

Jared & Kevin: Yeah, Wheeler! What DO you use?

CJ: HA! I use the COPY command in DOS 3.3 to write it, and EDLIN to edit it when I need to update!!!

Others: (faint)

So it got me thinking...could it be done? Well, yeah, it could be done!  The only problem is you'd have to write the page from scratch each time, as it has NO loading or editing capabilities.  And it's impossible to fix a mistake once you've hit ENTER to go to the next line...The ultimate in Hardc0re HTML coding.  All I'd need on my boot floppy, aside from my system files and ANSI.sys, would be the EDLIN program and maybe RAT, the Resident ASCII table, for looking up ASCII codes for foreign characters (like ü, ç, ß) or currency symbols like the cent sign ¢, the Yen sign ¥, etc...

It'd go something like this...Imagine you're at the dos prompt. You DO know what DOS is, right? 


c:>  copy con: mental.htm
I'm a 29 year old man who should know better

I've got too much time on my hands

What kind of person would write the HTML code for his web page using Copy Con:?  Well, ME!

Yeah, you'd have to be a few peasants short of a fiefdom to pull something like that...
I'll start tomorrow.