In 2000, the programmatic browser differences were perplexing, so I made a tool to help manage the problem. I started with something similar to
<~ns4~layer.visibility = "hide";~> <~ie5~layer.style.visibility = "hidden";~>
The convention of combining angle brackets with special characters was popularized by PHP. I chose
I then thought to add variables.
If a variable could contain a sequence of digits, I should be able to add them.
At this point I should have noticed that this language was going to be inexcusably ugly, but astonishingly, I did not notice at the time. I kept pushing on, inspired by better languages like TRAC and LISP. I determined that this was the wrong approach for dealing with browser incompatibility, but I completed the language anyway. I named it Tilton after Robert Tilton, a television faith healer and speaker of tongues. I believe that Tilton is the ugliest programming language that was not intended to be an ugly programming language.