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Blinking text in graphics windows


Updated 01 Sep 2016

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Are you nostalgic for the beautifully designed web pages of the 1990s, wishing that you could relive just a little bit of the magic? These pages had everything - animated GIFs, dynamic backgrounds, scrolling text, and best of all - blinking text.
You can relive just a portion of those glory years with blink - a simple function that makes any text in a figure window blink.

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Michelle Hirsch (2021). blink (, MATLAB Central File Exchange. Retrieved .

Comments and Ratings (4)

Michelle Hirsch

Thanks for the suggestion, Stephen! That would certainly give more flexibility, though the effect would be to flash the entire component instead of just the text.

Stephen Wong

I like the capability.

Instead of toggling the string property between ' ' and the originalString, toggling the visible property between 'on' and 'off' will allow blink to work with any ui object.

Michelle Hirsch

Good catch, Stephen! Even blinking UIs deserve good grammar. I've uploaded a new graphic, which should be posted in a day or two.

Stephen Cobeldick

Nostalgic for that blinking text: yes! Very amusing, and perhaps even useful in some situations. But *please* fix the grammatical mistakes in the example image: the adverbs of "slow" and "quick" are "slowly" and "quickly"... and a professional of MATLAB surely knows the difference:

MATLAB Release Compatibility
Created with R2015a
Compatible with any release
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