Supporting tables in web design
Jan 12 11:23:28
Test site availability from around the globe
Nov 7 0:53:22
Clamshell - an OpenID server
Jun 20 5:33:06
Writing Strategic Initiatives
Mar 6 3:08:15
Writing a strategy document
Mar 6 3:00:53
One of the problems with developing high-fidelity printed content (e.g. in PDF) is that it is not very accessible, despite all the improvements in PDF accessibility.
In fact, it is an Australian Government requirement that websites should never use PDF as the sole means of communicating important information -- for example, a fact sheet.
But if the printed fact sheet is still needed, are there any alternatives to developing the content twice: once in Adobe InDesign, and once for the web?
I have a confession to make.
Most of Web 2.0 leaves me cold. All this hype about Wikipedia, social networking solutions that will magically sustain themselves and revolutionize the world (Facebook, I'm looking at you) is generally just so much marketing bullshit, frankly.
So I tend to yawn a bit about books that yammer on about harnessing social power. But after reading the Ars Technica interview with author Clay Shirky as part of a review of Here Comes Everybody, I had to revise my opinion.
Just when I thought that forum software had dropped off the perch, I find Vanilla. Rocketing up the charts to #3 on Google (although I see that Yahoo! and Microsoft Live search aren't with the program) it's a refreshing change to the same-ness of phpBB and its derivatives, spiritually or otherwise.
It's built to be extensible, and from a quick look at the code, seems pretty well thought out. There are over 300 extensions registered to date!
As some have noticed, it can be thought of more as a live web/blogging tools rather than a forum, since it's permissions are quite granular and customizable.
First, let's craft our geo-specific query. From Advanced Search at http://news.google.com, we can work out that it's the geo=xxx parameter that determines our geographic bias. So a Canberra local feed is
As many are aware the history of incompatible RSS formats is a running joke, even given the chequered history of most Web standards.
But I'm surprised that there's no easy library which can convert one format to the other -- or
Given the explosion of interesting in feed technologies such as RSS and now particularly Atom, I find it slightly bewildering that it's so hard to find a web-based aggregator which works well inside a corporate firewall.
Why? Well, quite simply, I think that employees are increasingly demanding what amounts to pub/sub technologies to exchange information and status amongst themselves.
There are some signs of life, e.g.
Clamshell software now has a new home at Dropforge! Please visit there for latest news and software updates.
It's very simple and is really just a re-modularization and extension of the phpMyID single-user OpenID software.
I've long been fascinated by the eXist native XML database, and I think it's just made it into my list of apps that can really help an enterprise out.
Why? Well, I think in the Web 2.0 days there's a clear shift away from aggregated data sources to document-driven workflows. But there's still a need to search, run queries, and limit access to these documents.
Plus eXist belongs to the WebDAV world. That means REST: you can add, update and delete documents from eXist just by issuing the right HTTP command. The icing on the cake is that by making a couple of simple changes to an XML 'collection' (think: collection = database) you can turn it into fully fledged Atom feeds with full APP support. Mmmmmm.
Okay, compiling my own stack has already frustrated (and scared) me to death before, but this set of instructions seems almost simple enough to follow:
This is worth documenting, if only for the fact that I've never been game to touch the IIS metabase before.
The Communicator Web Access planning document talks about Metabase settings, but not how to change them. Here's the basics --