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National Post: "On Sept. 11, however, there was no appetite for debating the merits of Web scripting tools, nor for discussion of Microsoft's questionable business practices. Instead, Winer posted news updates, first-person reports from the streets of New York and links to articles about everything from the history of the World Trade Center to a discussion of the knives the terrorists used." 

Scripting News archive for 9/11/01. 

Blogging John blogging me in July 2000. 

802.11b News: "Wireless network advocate and writer Rob Flickenger took a spill from two stories up while installing some 802.11b equipment. He was immediately taken to a hospital and operated on for internal injuries, but is now in stable condition and is expected to be released in a week." 

A picture of Bugs Bunny.LA Times: "Chuck Jones, the animator who helped give life to that wascally wabbit, the portly pig, the lisping duck and the tormented coyote, died Friday in his Corona del Mar home. He was 89." 

Steven Garrity has an essay on the state of the Web, and uses my content base as an example, but it's much worse than it appears. I put markup in every day's Scripting News, and in the all the docs we write at UserLand. In this way we're no different from anyone else. Other than that, I want to let Garrity's essay stand alone. He asks some good questions, dives into the history (which is central), and confronts head-on the migration question. A well-written thoughtful essay, well worth a read. 

Brent Ashley: BlogChat 1.0

Jake's Brainpan: "Here's a new little lick for all you Radio people: You can now get a counter for the number of comments people have posted, in response to your weblog posts." 

Fredrik Lundh: "This is a simple XML-RPC echo service. If called with a single argument, it returns that argument as is. If called with multiple arguments, it returns all arguments as an array." 

Follow-up on yesterday's note about standards-compliance at the websites of W3C members.  

Mark Bernstein: Effectively Bad Writing. "She's got the voice of a former athlete who's having a good time, a good drink, and enjoying The Game with some people who have been there, too." 

Morning coffee notes 

To members of the press, it makes no sense to cast our recent discussion of CSS as a battle. It's not a battle. If I were anti-CSS (as if that made any sense) I would say nothing. How much CSS has been deployed because of this discussion? Lots. Even more important there's been lots of learning. When an issue is exposed esp one as murky as CSS, there's an opportunity to air various positions, and people can make up their own minds. I'm still trying to understand.

I never go for the sit down and shut up argument, as presented by Scott Andrew. Maybe another side-benefit is that people will sharpen their debating and evangelism skills. Maybe they'll also learn how installed bases work. Also, imho, the Web is the DIY environment. Please, no high priests lecturing from the mountain.

BTW, don't overlook Matt Bridges comments, linked to yesterday. I think he nailed it. We're looking at a Don's Amazing Puzzle type situation, I think most people aren't looking for victory, because if they were they'd see that they had already won. Why fart around with the relatively complex job of converting all those old minds to do it the way you want them to. Hard job. Rolling a big rock up a big hill. But there's already so much support for various XML formats. Every Radio weblog, for example, is available both in HTML and in XML. Render it any way you want. Let's party down. Totally Semantic Web type stuff. If you've been waiting for nirvana, wait no more.

And it's even worse than it appears, check this out. Scripting News is available in OPML, which is a very fine format (I designed it myself), no rendering information whatsoever, just content. Very accessible. Another party waiting to happen. This is the bait our designer friends refuse to take. Everything has to come from the W3C (infidels) through the "browser vendors" (mostly Microsoft), otherwise they aren't "standards." That's a big bug.

Rick Ross at the Java Lobby is thinking about getting lots of Java weblogs going, and of course I think this is a great idea. Just skimming the thread, it's clear that some of the people there don't understand why weblogs are superior to discussion groups. Briefly, DGs are like mail lists. All it takes is one stinker to grind the whole thing to a halt. If everyone has their own weblog, people can flame all they want in their own space, but mostly they just attract other losers. And people are less likely to whine in their own lonely space. It's got their name on it (unless they do it anonymously which is even more boring, probably just a competitor without the guts to say so), and it reflects poorly on them, more than it does on the people they're complaining about.


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