Blink Text

Posted on 1999-01-23
Last Modified: 2010-05-18
How can make the text is blink in ie4?
Question by:a_sameer
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Expert Comment

ID: 1280061
the <BLINK> tag only works with Netscape.
Using IE, you can use a DHTML solution: with timeouts, you periodically set the color of the text to either text color or the background color. However, I personally would refrain from using such effects, to me, they look quite annoying.

Author Comment

ID: 1280062
What can i do with DHTML ?

Accepted Solution

nax earned 50 total points
ID: 1280063
If you don't want to use DHTML, you can use javascript like this one. First put the text in a layer.

<div id = "text1" style = "position:absolute; visibility:hidden">Put your flashing text here using the old fashion way</div>

Then, before the </body> put this:

<script language="javascript">
delay = 500;

function blink(layer) {
     vis =;
     if (vis == "visible") vis = "hidden";
     else vis = "visible"; = vis;
     tstring = "blink(\""+layer+"\")";
     setTimeout(tstring, delay);

setTimeout("blink('text1')", 500);


you can control the speed of blinking by changing the value of delay (in milliseconds).

good luck!

Expert Comment

ID: 1280064
oops, i made a mistake!

please change all the function blink(layer) part to
function blink(layer) {
     vis = document.all[layer].style.visibility;
     if (vis == "visible") vis = "hidden";
     else vis = "visible";
     document.all[layer].style.visibility = vis;
     tstring = "blink(\""+layer+"\")";
     setTimeout(tstring, delay);

this function can also be used to blink any other layer, just change the argument of blink to the name of the layer.


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