Terry Pratchett’s name lives on in ‘the clacks’ with hidden web code | The Guardian

Taking a cue from one of Pratchett’s own books, fans have clubbed together to embed a memorial to the writer in websites across the world


Terry Pratchett in 2011.

Terry Pratchett in 2011. Photograph: Tom Pilston/The Independent/REX


Tech-savvy admirers of the late Terry Pratchett have hit upon an idea for a particularly appropriate memorial. It will be everywhere and nowhere, hiding in the code of the internet.




What better way to remember the beloved inventor of this fictional system, then, than “GNU Terry Pratchett”? Reddit users have designed a code that anyone with basic webcoding knowledge can embed into their own websites(anyone without basic webcoding knowledge can use the plugins for WordPress and other platforms). The code is called the XClacksOverhead, and it sets a header reading “GNU Terry Pratchett”. “If you had to be dead,” thinks a character in Going Postal, “it seemed a lot better to spend your time flying between the towers than lying underground.” And so Pratchett is, in a way.


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