Monthly Archives: February 2005

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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The complexity of XML parsing APIs

Dare Obasanjo recently posted a message to the xml-dev mailing list as part of the ancient and venerable binary XML permathread (just a bit down the list from attributes vs. elements, DOM vs. SAX, and why use CDATA?). His message … Continue reading

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Blame Larry Wall

Late yesterday I was working on a mind-numbingly simple XML data library in Java for use with a larger project. I spent about an hour on the first iteration, which could read and write through an event-interface and/or into a … Continue reading

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Perl XML::Writer has a good home

I just stumbled on this posting, and was happy to see that the Perl version of my XML writer (a library for creating XML) has found a good home. I originally wrote the XML writer in both Java and Perl … Continue reading

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SAX: biggest satisfactions

Recently, I mentioned my biggest regrets about SAX. When we were building SAX, however, there were an awful lot of things that went right. Here are the three things that I’m happiest about: SAX was useful right from the start … Continue reading

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Wikipedia URLs as blog subject codes

[Updated] Over in my aviation weblog, I find myself more and more linking to Wikipedia whenever I’m discussing a concept, person, place, or anything else that doesn’t have its own, canonical home page. If, as I suspect, lots of other … Continue reading

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