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I have been forced to post
to a page
in SVGWiki, because my attempts to enter a response using
the Wiki page itself have failed with a
I also have to say that while I think the Wiki concept
of universal editorship is great, its reliance on its own quirky
syntax is a little annoying.
(On the other hand, HTML is not as amenable to hand-editing as
it might be. This is a result of its being based on the
splendidly verbose SGML syntax.)
Update (8 May 2002). I have updated SVGWiki—after
connecting to it with MSIE rather than Mozilla or Opera.
Update (14 February 2004).
My note on the
object tag has been updated to
reflect the fact that Safari 1.0 (released 2003) cannot handle
I have belatedly updated my
note on using
object tags to display SVG to reflect my
tags from the Alleged Tarot because Safari cannot cope with them..
I'm awake at 05:00 unable to sleep and instead working on migrating the
working copy of my web site to my laptop so that I can eventually retire
my old desktop. One of the importunate thoughts bouncing about in my
sleep-deprived brain is something someone at work said about some
weirdos he'd heard of who actually (ab)use XML as some sort of
(standard) generalized mark-up language. This bizarre (to him)
concept involves one choosing a set of XML tags to express the structure
of the text (as if text could have structure!), which is ludicrous
because how would anyone be able to read it? One would have to use XSLT
to transform it in to HTML, so why not use HTML in the first place, eh?
This is a continuation of my pointless musing about a hypothetical
alternative to XML called MU.
I have been outlining a hypothetical alternative to XML that I am
calling MU. In this note I compare MU to some other mark-up notations.
I have written a short note about using
sed with Markdown
to maintain a collection of HTML documents. Programmers are forever writing
documentation (proposals, specifications, technical notes, and so on),
and the latest stage in my quest to make writing prose as frictionless
I have started using Markdown to do this.
Before that I wrote in HTML with some XML mixed in to better handle
sectioning; before that I used Microsoft Word.
Yes, I have redesigned my archive pages—that is, the ones where all the entries apart
from the most recent live, and the index pages for navigating between them. To see the new look you can visit the archive page for this entry.
Last week I was struggling with Adobe Flash development, wishing that my
recommendation that we drop Flash and spend the programming time on
on such stony ground. Then on Sunday there was a flurry of articles
speculating that not only is Apple’s iPhone missing an implementation of
Flash, but Apple might not intend to add one---and might even want to
A couple of weekends ago I decided to take up one of the Work
Items for CouchDb: write a client for the server that runs as
is writing web sites using Microsoft ASP.NET and Microsoft SQL Server,
Mark Pilgrim reports that he’s been misusing the HTML
cite element all these years because the HTML 5 definition contradicts his use of
cite to wrap authors’ names. Just when I was about to crow excitedly that I’d always said he was wrong, I checked the old specs and discovered we both were—or actually, that HTML 4 was wrong.
OK so I finally decided to resolve my confusion as to where on my site to put my
Minecraft texture packs by creating a dedicated GroovyStipple and SmoothStipple
mini site. Bascially it is a brochure with two download links. Here’s what went in to it.
Writing the CSS for a responsive or mobile site and it inexplicably zooms in
when I turned the phone in to landscape mode. I want it to show more text when
I rotate, not enlarge the text that is already there.