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27 September 2004

New laptop

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Friday, I got a new laptop, a Dell Latitude D600, to replace my Compac Evo N400c; using the new Debian installer for Sarge, it took less than 20 minutes to get a working environment, with Gnome 2.6 and most of the hardware functionalities working… Quite a big improvement since the last time I used the Debian installer!

The main piece that didn’t quite work as is, is the ACPI configuration; fortunately, other people than me have gone through this, and following these Dell D600 tips for Linux, I think I got the remaining bits working; a few notes to other Debian users with regard to the notes linked above:

24 September 2004

Annospam

I have been busy lately deploying a tool that I (and others) had started to develop one year ago, and had been stalled since then, informally called Annospam; the tool allows to cleanse W3C Mailing List Archives from its huge number of spams they host and are likely to continue to receive, however clever our anti-spams systems are getting.

The idea is to use the Annotea protocol as a way to store and retrieve spam marks on archived messages, and to regenerate the relevant archives based on these marks; it uses lots of W3C Technologies (XSLT as a way to build a user interface, RDF/XML as a data format, HTTP as a query/update protocol), which makes it really interesting, if sometimes somewhat challenging.

22 September 2004

XHTMLizer on steroids

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One of the coolest things with XHTML is that it is an XML language, so you can apply any kind of XML tools to it.

One of the terrible thing with XHTML (and XML more generally) is how hard it is sometimes to get it right.

One of the depressing thing with building tools based on XML for Web technologies is that most of the content out there is in HTML (or the tag soup that some people call with that name), or in ill-formed XHTML.

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Picture of Dominique Hazael-MassieuxDominique Hazaël-Massieux (dom@w3.org) is part of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Staff; his interests cover a number of Web technologies, as well as the usage of open source software in a distributed work environment.