The Terracotta Rabbit says

On this page: Just for fun: read the wise (?) sayings of the Terracotta Rabbit

I made this terracotta rabbit in my pottery evening class many years ago. My son Sam took a photograph of him (on a rather primitive 640Mb digital camera!), and suggested he ought to have his own page, so here is the result.

"Come the revolution, Mr McGregor will be first against the wall"
photo of terracotta rabbit with 'thinks' bubble

How it's done

This page uses a simple server-side script that reads a line at random from an ASCII file of sayings; if you reload the page, the saying will usually change (but not always, as that's the nature of randomness). Unfortunately it isn't perfect in all browsers at all font sizes: whe I first designed the page, I had to make the background of the saying white, to avoid display problems in Netscape Navigator 4. In Opera 3, the bubble background to the saying didn't appear at all; and in later versions, the font may not always fit well. Several years on, I could probably redesign the page using better CSS to improve the appearance, but I have better things to do with my time!

Again, this demonstrates that testing a site is important - in this case, I decided the page was still usable if not so pretty, so left it here (on the principle that the web isn't DTP).

I did have a version that let you add lines to the file (like a guestbook application), but I decided it wasn't sensible to allow unmoderated access to all and sundry. If you have a rabbitism you'd like me to add, please email it and I'll add it ASAP if I think it's fit for publication.