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28 August 2007

New W3C GRDDL service

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Screenshot of the new W3C GRDDL Service

To celebrate the progress of GRDDL towards its final stage, and to replace the aging and somewhat unreliable XSLT-based GRDDL demonstrator, I’ve just released a brand new W3C GRDDL service.

It simply takes a Web page and extracts the RDF statements it can find in there using GRDDL.

I have made its source code available on W3C Public CVS server, but the gist the work is done by the underlying library, python-librdf, the Python binding for Redland. Particular thanks to Dave Beckett who provided amazing user support to help setting this up!

23 August 2007

The WaSP looks at the iPhone

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The WaSP (the Web Standards Project, the famous standard evangelism group), in the person of Aaron Gustafson, takes a look at the disruption the iPhone has created in the Web and the mobile Web.

In summary:

  • the good, the quality of safari of a mobile web browser
  • the bad, the lack of support for some standards
  • the ugly, the ermergence of iPhone-only Web sites

21 August 2007

Blue Sky Mobile Web: Connected Personal Information Management

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If I had a magic wand...:

My Personal Information Management system on my mobile device is Web connected, and it makes all the difference.

My phone shows the picture of the person calling; that used to be of limited usefulness, but now that I can associate a picture from my social network directly to my phonebook, I can hardly live without it anymore!

Am I wondering what's up with this friend I haven't seen in a long time and with which I am scheduled to meet? His entries in my phonebook has already downloaded his latest posts on his blog, and I'm reading them as I'm going to meet him.

Do I wonder when I can schedule a meeting with my colleague? My mobile device can check her homepage, finds a link to her on-line free-busy iCalendar, and presents me with the various options available to us.

The distinction between my phonebook and my social network is in fact so thin, that it may not be relevant any longer...

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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.