phil wilson :: a geek commodity

8:34 AM

permanent link to post Blogger relaunch commentary 

Monday, May 10, 2004

Focussed on Phil Ringnalda for a change ;)


7:56 AM

permanent link to post bloggggggggeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111 

Blogger has a new look.

Supports comments (including, it seems, a Typekey-style registration for all Blogger sites).

Supports per-post archives.

Support user profiles.

Has a massively increased tag templating system.

A whole raft of new, validating CSS-based templates by people like Douglas Bowman, Dave Shea, Zeldman, Dan Rubin, Glish and Dan Cederholm. Amazing.

It successfully imported and modified my old template to use its new tags, and other than that, I'll let you know how it goes. Suffice to say for the time being - wow.

Something I didn't notice in the first five minutes was this: How do I create a blog that Blogger will host for free?. Maybe it was there all the time, but I didn't know about it before - free site on BlogSpot!


10:28 AM

permanent link to post Markup Validator update 

Friday, May 07, 2004

After five consecutive beta test periods, a new version (v0.6.5) of the Markup Validator was released today. This maintenance version of the popular service introduces significant improvements in user-friendliness, thanks to improved documentation, usability, accessibility, as well as new features such as community-contributed error explanations and user-friendly fallback mechanisms.

Brilliant news, and many many thanks to all those (unpaid) developers, QA people and everyone who gives feedback to the www-validator mailing list.

9:27 AM

permanent link to post How to Care for Your Web Designer 

Thursday, May 06, 2004

Congratulations! You are now the proud owner of your very own Web Designer! But now what do you do?

How to Care for Your Web Designer
9:25 AM

permanent link to post Presentational and semantic hooha 

Matthew Thomas has an interesting article (When semantic markup goes bad) about people (and tools) who just blindy replace all instances of <b> with <strong> without actually thinking about whether it makes sense to do so.

Of course, not thinking about it probably means most of your markup isn’t actually semantic anyway, because it requires a degree of thought to get right.

On a related note, although the original Textile doesn’t let you insert <b> tags, JTextile does via **double asterices**.

JTextile is based on a mix of the original Textile and Mark Pilgrim’s original PyTextile which it’s been a long time since I’ve looked at; doing so now, it’s been rewritten to follow the new and overblown Textile 2 syntax. A couple of the nicer features (such as easy links to Google, IMDB, Amazon) might make it to JTextile, but as for the rest – you really may just as well use HTML.

6:14 PM

permanent link to post Weekend Reading 

Sunday, May 02, 2004

Since I started using in a semi-serious way I realised that it’s most useful to me as a place to store links that I could a) potentially blog about or b) might need when I’m on a different machine.

Of course, all things being equal and despite my best intentions, I can’t really blog about all the things I save to and in lieu of a sidebar-linklog thing I present a small weekend reading list (yes I know it’s Sunday afternoon, but tomorrow’s a Bank Holiday so you’ve got plenty of time).