Archive for June, 2004

Validation sustained

Monday, June 21st, 2004

The XHTML validator comes to visit, and looks like it’s willing to stay around my comments and entries for a while.

PDFs: not quite unlinkable

Saturday, June 19th, 2004

Turns out, you can link to a particular page in a PDF file, plus a whole lot more, including setting the zoom level and scrolling to a particular spot, all in a link. I still hate PDFs, but not quite as much as I did before.

A bad case of popupitis

Friday, June 18th, 2004

Popup ads have now done their job: if you bring anything, anything at all, into view over the top of your main program or web page window, whether it’s a dialog or an error message or whatever, it will be instantly closed without even a glance. It’s time to find a way to communicate inside your existing page, because all things that pop up are now popup ads, to be instantly swatted.

Probably, it is too complicated

Thursday, June 17th, 2004

When I try to do something with syndication, and mess it up, it’s no real surprise. When Dan Bricklin does, it’s a sign that we’ve either made it too complicated, or not done a good enough job documenting things, or both. Probably both.

That old hopeful feeling

Wednesday, June 16th, 2004

Now that the Syndication Wars have caught the attention of the mainstreamish press, it’s clearly time to move on to something newer, and this time, something interesting and useful. Up next: twisting aggregators and feeds around so you can skim through far more feeds, and effortlessly republish the interesting stuff in a set of categorized feeds. Yes, Dave, I know I want to reinvent MUOTD.

Worst RSS and Atom article ever

Monday, June 14th, 2004

Never read professional journalists writing about thing you actually know. I’ll never be able to take New Scientist seriously again.

Eight clicks to pr0n!!1!

Sunday, June 13th, 2004

If you’re going to accuse someone of the shocking crime of having a web page that’s eight clicks away from porn, it’s probably best to not be seven clicks away yourself.

Back back back

Friday, June 11th, 2004

Shannon’s back to blogging, I’m doing The Happy Dance, and you’re glad you can see the first and not the last. Life is good.

gzip: well, sometimes it’s simple

Tuesday, June 8th, 2004

gzip compression’s an easy way to save on bandwidth, unless you are Blog*Spot sending things without a Content-Type header with a charset to Mozilla.

Things I wish I hadn’t read

Monday, June 7th, 2004

W3C: More Mouths Means More Places For Our Feet.