Monthly Archives: February 2005

REST design question #1: identification

My first REST design question is about the fact that RESTafarians seem to consider identification and location to be the same thing, and following from that, the question of how to make identification persistent in XML resources. For example, assume … Continue reading

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REST design questions

[Update: fifth and final question added] I’ve been thinking a bit about REST recently while working on a new data-oriented application. REST in its now-broadened meaning is easy to explain: pieces of data (likely XML-encoded) sit out there on the … Continue reading

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Open Web, Closed Databases?

Web site developers seem to be getting open specifications: more and more, I’m seeing sites developed for specifications like (X)HTML, CSS2, DOM, etc., not sites developed for applications like MSIE or Firefox or Opera; I’m seeing Java-based web apps that … Continue reading

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Rumours of xml:id trouble in the W3C

[Updated: see below] Norman Walsh has just posted an unusual essay. The gist of it seems to be that the W3C (at some level) has decided to modify the xml:id specification (released only days ago as a Candidate Recommendation, as … Continue reading

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Hub URLs and feudalism in the blogsphere

Web pages, and especially weblogs, include apparently unnecessary links all the time. For example, is there really any need to link to Microsoft every time I mention the company’s name? Is anyone reading this posting going to follow the link … Continue reading

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L10N out of control

[update: a mitigating factor] Localization (L10N) is a good thing in general: people like to see the languages, punctuation, and systems of measure that they’re used to. So, hats off to Google’s new beta map service for putting most of … Continue reading

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Anne van Kesteren’s is the first report to reach me that the W3C’s xml:id spec has just moved up the food chain to Candidate Recommendation. I’m usually one of the first people to whine about too many XML-related specs, but … Continue reading

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