Choke Web Development Framework 1.0

Post from November 13, 2007 (↻ June 18, 2022), filed under (feed).

Before you read this post, I threw all the frameworks experience I could muster into a little book on the matter: Check out The Little Book of HTML/CSS Frameworks (updated) for a fresh look at—frameworks.

After years of thorough research I may finally present the Choke Web Development Framework 1.0, “Choke” or “CWDF” in short. Choke is an easy-to-use, easy-to-maintain, and future-proof platform for web design and development, which includes everything you need to build great websites, from HTML to CSS to DOM scripting to comprehensive documentation.

Choke allows both beginners and experts to go to work quickly. And it’s valid, sure.

Choke 1.0 Package Contents

Download and License

Download Choke 1.0 (ZIP, 189,210,670 KB).

Choke is licensed under a MITRE Collaborative Virtual Workspace License.


After uploading Choke to your website Choke automagically fills your site with content by scraping and mirroring the Alexa Top 500. Choke’s built-in Anti Duplicate Content System (ADCS) not only protects you from penalties by search engines, but also cloaks your pages so that no one can ever prove you copied anything.

What are you waiting for? Download Choke 1.0 (ZIP).

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About Me

Jens Oliver Meiert, on September 30, 2021.

I’m Jens, and I’m an engineering lead and author. I’ve worked as a technical lead for Google, I’m close to W3C and WHATWG, and I write and review books for O’Reilly. I love trying things, sometimes including philosophy, art, and adventure. Here on I share some of my views and experiences.

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Comments (Closed)

  1. On November 13, 2007, 21:34 CET, Bernhard Welzel said:

    Great Work!
    i used it allready to put a small website together - took like 1 hour and it was very easy to use. you created something like “web 2.0 webpages for dummys 1.0″.

    keep up the fantastic work!

  2. On November 13, 2007, 22:11 CET, Rhys said:

    Ahhh the download link doesn’t work, unless I’ve done something wrong?

  3. On November 13, 2007, 22:22 CET, jeremy hicks said:

    yeah. download isn’t working.

  4. On November 13, 2007, 22:24 CET, Pedro Rogério said:

    Download sucks!!!!!

  5. On November 13, 2007, 22:38 CET, Jeff Mackey said:

    Too funny.

    Only clicked on the “download” link to see what would happen. 😊

  6. On November 13, 2007, 23:05 CET, typoman said:

    Thanks a lot!

    most interesting files are safari5.css and netscape10.css - really cool


  7. On November 13, 2007, 23:29 CET, Jens Oliver Meiert said:

    Thanks for the kind words. I’ll try to extend Choke as soon as possible so that it covers Ruby on Rails and mod_rewrite, too!

    As for the download link, right, there have been some problems but these should have been fixed by now 😊

  8. On November 14, 2007, 1:37 CET, Harmen Janssen said:

    Is there a demo available somewhere?

  9. On November 14, 2007, 5:11 CET, Jeremy Hicks said:

    The download still doesn’t work for me. Safari and Firefox on Mac.
    I’ll gladly host a demo as soon as I can. I can also offer my server is a mirror if that’s the issue.

  10. On November 14, 2007, 9:24 CET, Asim said:

    download link doesn’t work at all

  11. On November 14, 2007, 10:22 CET, Robert said:

    I’ve managed to locate a mirror which contains most of the package.

    Thsi is really bleeding edge, and even available way too early. Judging from the rumours, I expected a final release at the end of March, or even during the very first days of April, 2008.


  12. On November 14, 2007, 10:23 CET, Jens Nedal said:

    Download still not working. Looking forward to check it out. On a different note. What happened to the Font on this site? It’s terrible to read on Browsers from the Windows platform at least.

  13. On November 14, 2007, 10:51 CET, Jens Oliver Meiert said:

    Robert, thank you, that’s great! 😊 I finally fixed the download; expect a torrent link soon, too.

    Jens, what do you mean with the font problem? Would you mind sending me a screenshot? (Currently I suspect that you’ve got Palatino installed on your system which might look a little different on Windows?)

  14. On November 14, 2007, 10:57 CET, Der Caspers said:

    Jens, das .zip enthält genau eine readme.txt

  15. On November 14, 2007, 10:58 CET, Der Caspers said:

    Ok, der Groschen ist gefallen!

  16. On November 14, 2007, 11:14 CET, m said:

    Is it April the first already?

  17. On November 14, 2007, 13:47 CET, Pedro Rogério said:

    This zip is old. This content is blank!!!!

  18. On November 14, 2007, 16:05 CET, Mike said:

    Great Job!
    Especially the “spidering-and-mirroring-the-Alexa-Top-500-Feature” - thats what I´m looking for 😉

  19. On November 14, 2007, 16:58 CET, Marcel said:

    Hi, Grüße aus der Aperto-Agentur. Danke für dieses herausragende Web Development Framework 😉

  20. On November 14, 2007, 20:24 CET, Jared said:

    ähm Jens, the zip File is empty 😔

  21. On November 14, 2007, 23:35 CET, Christoph said:

    I think I found the bug of the month. You misspelled the word “choke”. There has to be a “j” in place of “ch” 😊

  22. On November 15, 2007, 10:29 CET, Steffen said:

    I like the way it “includes everything”, especially all stylesheets on each and every page 😉

    Is it SOA enabled?

  23. On November 15, 2007, 12:53 CET, Rhys said:

    Excellent the link is working again, thanks mate, Ch(j)oke totally rocks!

  24. On November 15, 2007, 14:47 CET, Manuel Maisch said:

    the download-link doesnt’t work! there is only a readme.txt in the zip-package!

  25. On November 15, 2007, 17:57 CET, Duluoz said:

    Can’t wait for the next version! Is it true that the next version will include a framework customization wizard?

  26. On November 16, 2007, 15:47 CET, Todd said:

    Haha, very nice.

  27. On November 17, 2007, 2:08 CET, !nso said:

    funny indeed. funny. wonder how much useful actual work one could do in time it took to organize this mind blowing amazingly simple to use and future-proof master piece?

  28. On November 17, 2007, 18:21 CET, OronM said:

    that was hilarious !!

    excellent way of making a really good point ! kudos

    oron mizrahi

  29. On November 17, 2007, 21:00 CET, Jens Oliver Meiert said:

    Manuel, right 😉

    David, definitely, including support for Ruby on Rails as well as SAP R/3 😊

    Todd, OronM, thank you!

    !nso, years 😁

  30. On November 17, 2007, 23:16 CET, Boris said:

    Hey, it’s a big shame that there is no PSP stylesheet! Otherwise interesting framework 😉

  31. On November 19, 2007, 1:05 CET, Susanne Hugo said:

    Hi Jens, your download link provided me with a readme.txt file, only. That was it. Too bad.

    Basically, I agree with you, but if is my understanding that if you wish to include support for print, speech and - maybe portable devices, you need several style sheets, not to mention the IE.variations.

    It would be nice to have just one style sheet sorted into different sections for different media, but that is not yet the case.

    Regards, Susanne

  32. On November 19, 2007, 1:06 CET, Simon said:

    Great! Especially the built-in “Anti Duplicate Content System”!


  33. On November 19, 2007, 20:29 CET, Arjan Terol said:

    Super coool! This is some old-school programing. A heavy download, but well worth it and well documented. It got me ‘chocking’. Can’t wait for the next release. Keep up the good work.

    Any word on a PaintShop Pro website-grid?

  34. On November 20, 2007, 20:06 CET, Alexx said:

    Everything what you wanted to know about Web Development Framework 1.0!

    great stuff!

    i specialy like ‘microformats.php’,
    they r so small…

  35. On November 20, 2007, 22:29 CET, Billee D. said:

    That is just too friggin’ funny! I am glad someone has the sense to make us laugh about our love (read: obsession) for frameworks. You had me laughing with the name and then rolling in tears with all the CSS! Jens, you rock! 😊

  36. On November 21, 2007, 1:02 CET, iNSiPiD said:

    After weeks of stuffing around with YUI and Blueprint CSS I had almost resolved myself to the fact that there was no such thing as a complete framework for rapid and accessible web development.

    Seems I was right. 😊

    You cheeky, cheeky bugger.

  37. On November 21, 2007, 13:31 CET, Gicela said:

    Is there anyone who has already implemented it and shows us a demo?

  38. On December 2, 2007, 23:37 CET, Wybe said:

    Nice stuff! Very well done!
    Looking forward to your CMS as well.

  39. On December 10, 2007, 2:21 CET, engel said:

    Great framework! I was able to get my site up and running in under an hour!

  40. On December 17, 2007, 19:21 CET, MAD_MAN said:

    i think some one hacked your server … the downloaded file contains nothing more but this text:

    Nobody ever wants to maintain a website with 2,500 style sheets.

    Some people don’t even want to maintain 2.

    You rarely need more than 1.

    Less is more.

    Apologies for this little “hoax”.

    … sorry would have liked to try your framework..!

  41. On March 12, 2008, 7:21 CET, Rudi said:

    Thank You for all Your “hard work and research”. But wasn´t it be better on the April the 1st .

  42. On March 12, 2008, 16:27 CET, Dani said:

    Verry funny 😉
    Wolle told me about your ch(j)oke.
    I like this stuff, too.

  43. On March 12, 2008, 16:43 CET, Jens Oliver Meiert said:

    MAD_MAN, no, the server hasn’t been hacked 😉

    Everyone, thank you!

  44. On March 18, 2008, 8:16 CET, Wolle said:

    Hey Dani, didn´t i told You. Did You try to download?

  45. On March 27, 2008, 18:43 CET, Kai said:

    Dude, everbody is complaining about the download link, why the f*ck isnt it fixed yet.

    Would loved to sniff around in those files

  46. On April 4, 2008, 11:29 CEST, Iris said:

    Please help me. I have problems with the download. 😉

  47. On May 26, 2008, 23:46 CEST, Jemmy said:

    Great Work!

  48. On July 16, 2008, 6:21 CEST, James said:

    A good effort, but unfortunately the generated pages are unreadable in Arachne 1.70R3 under MSDOS 4.1. Was this an oversight or have you dropped support for this particular configuration?

    I have already lost 2 minutes reading and responding to the email from the visitor who was disenfranchised. The site in question receives over 2,000 hits per day, which means there are not enough minutes in the day to be devoting this kind of time to such bugs. (Yes, I consider this a bug.)

    I realize you have provided this project free of charge, but you have claimed that the software is “future-proof” and “includes everything,” which is clearly not the case. I demand a bug fix within the next 24 hours or I will have to seek renumeration for the business interruption that you have caused. Eccentric people use eccentric browsers, and such folks are often wealthy. You may have cost me a billion-dollar sale.

  49. On November 17, 2008, 15:20 CET, Paul said:

    What a waste of my time…

  50. On September 8, 2010, 19:49 CEST, Stijn de Witt said:

    Love the reset-reset.css! That file alone makes the download worthwhile.

    Ignore all the people complaining about the download link, either their PC is too old, or their ZIP software is buggy.

    The download is working perfect for me!