@monorail ...what the absolute fuck is this
@monorail like, how does that defeat adblock in the first place
@Felthry it can't find the "sponsored" text
@monorail also I just realized those letters are in basically no order whatsoever, how does that work
@Felthry that is not all of it
@monorail even so why does that render as "sponsored" and not as "...jjknwjyywS..."
@Felthry css is used to make all the letters that aren't supposed to be there invisible
@monorail we barely have any idea what css does but I know that asking would be a lot to ask
@Felthry it's what makes web pages look nice instead of looking bare bones
it affects how things are laid out or what colours they are or what effects they have or what shape the corners are or whatever
i downloaded an extension to disable all the css on a web page and glaceon.social looks like this
@monorail okay uh why does it do that
@Felthry everything in the screenshot is on the page
css is used to separate it all out into columns, make the images a less ridiculous size, etc etc
@monorail why are the images a ridiculous size to begin with, though?
@Felthry they keep them at a ridiculous size so that they'll look good at any reasonable size
if they kept them at regular emoji size, if you zoomed in they'd look like garbage
@Felthry @monorail Yeah, there's probably a timeline where web sites started from TeX and that would be ... uh ... I'm not sure it would be worse. It would make mathematics a lot less hard to do, though. I think there've been, like, forty attempts to do a standardized mathematics markup language and nobody's done any better than 'run latex2html and put up a lot of pictures'.
... WordPress has this sweet little inline LaTeX engine so if you need a simple equation you can write, like, $latex f:x\rightarrow x^2 $ and it renders that on the fly. And you can put in inline CSS to your site, so it's completely impossible to predict what it shows.
(Mathstodon.xyz has that LaTeX engine too.)
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