Archive for April, 2004

Tangents around persuasion

Sunday, April 18th, 2004

Scoble nails how to be persuasive about a product so thoroughly that I can’t add anything, only talk around the edges about a preference for blog posts over conference presentations, and the importance of linking to anything, even if you think your readers might have already seen it.

On my plate

Sunday, April 18th, 2004

On my plate, in my browser tabs: /~distler/blog/files/ Musings: MTStripControlChars Sketchbook: m[iA]cro: On NoHTMLEntities and application/xhtml+xml Sam Ruby: Character Encoding and HTML Forms Survival guide to i18n Bug 228779 – Submitted characters not included in the iso-8859-1 charset for iso-8859-1 documents should be always encoded as numeric character references Bug 18643 – add support for […]

Better book links

Saturday, April 17th, 2004

I don’t actually have anything against linking to Amazon while talking about a book, but it’s not always exactly what I want. If other people want to try to get a few cents as an Associate, that’s fine by me, but the totals I’ve heard people talking about don’t make it sound like it’s really […]

Or, maybe more strict

Saturday, April 17th, 2004

First I thought Mark Pilgrim’s ideas on what was unsafe in RSS were too extreme. Then I looked at what you can actually do. Now I don’t think they are nearly extreme enough. Everything’s unsafe, and I’m going to have to write my own aggregator, probably called Tinfoil Hat, that embeds Notepad for rendering nothing but text/plain.

That’s the way (uh huh)

Friday, April 16th, 2004

Bloglines adds a per-user preference that can be over-ridden per-feed, to let you choose whether to display full items, summaries, or just titles. Finally, after years of putting both in my feeds, they’ll really get used the way I wanted.

Unacceptable Microsoft bugs

Tuesday, April 6th, 2004

Forget RSS and Atom, I just want a working cross-browser CDF.

Getting around IE’s MIME type mangling

Tuesday, April 6th, 2004

You can defeat Internet Explorer’s refusal to believe that your text/plain is text/plain, as long as you can avoid using an angle bracket in the first 256 bytes.

HTML *is* code

Monday, April 5th, 2004

Wherein I rip into a stranger despite him seeming to be a nice enough guy, simply because his HTML offends me.

Slightly more secure RSS-to-local-HTML

Sunday, April 4th, 2004

Add the right comment in your generated HTML, and in WinXP SP2 a page that IE loads from the local machine is safely in the Internet zone, not the unsafe Local Machine zone. A nice added measure of safety for some aggregator authors.

Now I have two problems

Sunday, April 4th, 2004

I want to be able to allow HTML in comments, but also autolink naked URLs. I know, I’ll use a regex! Oh…