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Archive for February, 2001

There’s a lot to be said in favour of the Web Standards action by the Web Standards Project (www.webstandards.org). As a web developer, I can see the problems of non-standardisation of browser behaviour every day: in catastrophic results on my Mac screen, in page source code, and in the frustration of my collegues when they try to make something come out as they wanted it to be. So here’s my contribution to their (our !) struggle:

Fight for your right to standards!

Let’s just hope that everybody remembers that there’s more to the web than Windows (can you say Mac? Linux?) and Netscape-versus-MSIE (can you say iCab? Opera? Lynx? ).

In any case: Discovering DHTML in Netscape 6 (DevX): “NS6 offers powerful DHTML functionality, far beyond that of Netscape 4. Many of these techniques also work in Internet Explorer (IE) 5, so now there is an opportunity to write DHTML that requires little or no browser-specific coding. With NS6 in circulation, the Big Two browsers are more similar than ever before. And above all, DHTML in NS6 is easy.”

XML/XSL

For XML/XSL developers only: Xsldoc is a simple tool based on a simple idea – isn’t that what great tools are made of?

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NUKLEOS weblog

It’s not the local Project Gutenberg, but it is a very interesting site about early dutch literature: Project Laurens Jansz. Coster is named after the Dutchman who has been considered by some to be the inventor of the book printing process before Gutenberg. The texts, some of them annotated, can be read on the site or downloaded in ZIPped form.

Yet another interesting Macintosh news site: The Mac Observer.

No excuses: Sie haben es doch gewusst.

Privacy as a business item: read The Reinvention of Privacy.

Update

Yesterday, I updated Mozilla to version 0.8 (for Mac). Unfortunately, from my experiences of the last 2 hours, trying to update my Editthispage site (through HTML forms), I can only conclude that version 0.7 was more stable and faster…

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Ten years ago, my wife and I bought new furniture. Since we wanted things that were strong and longliving as well as beautiful, we went to visit a family business in Gent (Belgium), where the construction of wooden tables, chairs and cabinets (since the 18th century) is combined with contemporary design (since the Roaring Twenties of the previous century). And now this firm has a website. Unfortunately, their site is not very pretty, and it does not show what they really have to offer. Too bad: you’ll have to pay them a visit when you’re in the neighbourhood!

Weblogs

I am told that Rebecca has put together an excellent history of Weblogs. Dave Winer and http://www.editthispage.com are mentioned as well, as they should. Reading Rebecca’s history made me think about how I started this site: I just wanted a place that could record my wanderings on the Web, as a sort of intimate journal, destinded for myself ( and perhaps a few selected friends) – I had never heard of “weblogs” before!

Multimedia specials

The Remedi Project, a not-for-profit collective founded by John Ulm, is testing the boundaries of interactive technology.

See hair-raising special FX at the website of Joe Alter.

Have I told you about Club Photo? This is a nice example of what the internet may mean to individuals: a way to archive and share personal items, combined with some sort of editorial content by professionals and “amateurs” alike. By the way: I have read some sound advice over there.

Mac

Let me wrap up todays posting with an amusing article about the birth of Mac, black-and-white versus colour, and a sprinkling of interesting links all over the Web: Black and White until it’s Right.

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NUKLEOS weblog

Today, Dave Winer has a two subjects in his Scripting.com column that are very important each in its own way. One is about the state of independent software developers in the Mac universe, and the other about the alleged cooperation of IBM with the German Nazi regime during WWII. Go read that column!

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NUKLEOS weblog

The World Economic Forum in Davos has a great website, technically speaking. How about its contents? Well, at least they allow some opposition to globalisation to voice its concerns – but shouldn’t the discussion be wider still? Indeed, so go read the postings on the site of the Fórum Social Mundial –  World Social Forum in Brazil.

I’m writing this from Mozilla 0.7 on an old Mac. I did try the previous version as well, but all that ever did was plaster unnecessary files with almost the same name all over my Desktop! This time, I’m impressed with what I see on the screen: the rendering of web content is reasonably fast and correct. The speed of the rest of the program is very disappointing to say the least: starting up, opening windows, accessing what is behind menu items, etc. are very slow operations… Slow but stable: I have been running it with several windows open at the same time, interacting with all of them, and I haven’t had a crash so far.

Once again, I find myself missing a Search function on this site. I’ll really have to implement that: if I recall correctly, it’s fairly easy to do with Manila. Well, there we go, looking for the documentation… Update: we’re one hour later, and the search button is up. All the necessary docs are here.

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NULKEOS weblog

I have just added a comment to Dave Winer’s What is .NET? site. If you care about the Internet, you could do worse than read the comments over there.

I have updated some of the pages here at N U K L E O S : there are more Mac links, and I’ve noted the demise of FreeCard.

I’ll will definitely go back to The Serverside for J2EE design patterns.

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