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8 October 2004

Let’s celebrate!

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I’m in Chicago since the start of the week, working with one of my colleagues on various projects, having fun with IPP (the boring looking implementation of W3C Patent Policy) to make it as integrated as possible with other W3C tools; I just finished interfacing it with our TR automation set up, using RAP, a set of PHP modules to parse and use RDF in PHP, with a good and straightforward API for the little I’ve used.

Among all this hacking was the back end of the W3C 10th Birthday Celebration greetings card, using one more time XSLT as a way to format the content of a mailing list archives that actually collects the greetings.

24 September 2004


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 ( 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.