Web Developers Tribute to Sir Terry Pratchett

Wednesday 18th March 2015 at 12:02pm by Bradley D

Tributes are pouring in from the web development community following the death of fantasy author Sir Terry Pratchett.

In a clever and harmless way web developers have been adding an extra piece of information to the data sent when you view a website. Inspired by a scene in one of the late writer’s books, Going Postal, Sir Terry wrote about the way that the murder of an operator of a clacks tower, John Dearheart, was marked by his colleagues. The secretive message was included in the “overhead” of admin messages and included the name of the victim prefixed with GNU.

As a tribute web developers are including a hidden message in the header information of their websites, the message is simply “X-Clacks-Overhead: GNU Terry Pratchett” which is a replication of a similar message used in Sir Terry’s book. Chrome users can download an extension which will point out any websites which have included this hidden message. The best bit is this hidden message will circulate on the web for many years to come.


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