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16 June 2009

Validating XHTML Basic 1.1

As I was trying to validate a large number of XHTML MP 1.2 files (the ones in one of the OMA’s XHTML MP test suite – whose welcome page itself ironically is not well-formed), I realized that the tool I was using, based on the WDG HTML validator as packaged by Debian, was making network access requests when used on these XHTML MP 1.2 files. I then moved to use xmllint with the --valid option, but it had the same behavior.

As one of the W3C Systems team member, I’m acutely aware how bad is the practice of fetching DTDs over the network over and over again.

20 March 2009 is live!

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The long-announced W3C site redesign is finally going live, in beta for the time being, at

Although I’m far from having been the lead in that project – nobody has even come closed to the amount of energy and willpower Ian has put into it -, I’m still quite proud of the areas where I have been able to contribute to, in particular the completely new information architecture, the focus on usability on user-centric navigation, as well as some participation in the software architecture and development that is used in the background of this redesign.

13 February 2009

Synchronizing text and video

After having visited the land of transcription as my first stop in the world of Web video, the next logical step was to look into how this wonderful transcription of my video could be actually shown along with the video.

Transcriber, the tool I used to generate the captions of the video, saves the transcription into its own XML format:

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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.