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23 September 2005

Introducing “BigBrother”, yet another Semantic Web bot

As anybody really interested in the Semantic Web, I had to write a Semantic-Web enabled IRC bot; and so I did…

Well actually, the first thing I did was to review the existing bots; I’m OK with writing a bot to prove my attachment to the Semantic Web, but not if that requires some actual work. And the good news is: there is plenty of existing code to work from. A few notes on the ones I quickly looked at:

  • Emeka that I didn’t really test, since it relies on a recent API addition to 4Suite which wasn’t available on my Debian testing

6 July 2005

Beautifying URIs

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It’s not because URI are opaque that they should be ugly. Call me a Web-purist, but I manage to have opinions on the esthetics of URIs.

The single most ugly part of a URI is usually the query component (i.e. the part after the question mark), where Web-based applications communicate a varying number of parameters of diverse importance. The most widespread ugliness is probably these sites where any single page is with a URI à la index.php?page=welcome.

28 April 2005

WordPress and Named Entities

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As I mentioned a few days ago, my blogging tool, WordPress 1.5, doesn’t deal with named entities as it should. Namely, when fed with named entities, it outputs them as is in any context. But if named entities are fine in (X)HTML, they’re not with the various other flavors of RSS/RDF, where these entities cannot be parsed.

It didn’t take much time to see that other people had the same problem as I had; fortunately, it didn’t take much time either to learn how to do a plugin for WordPress.

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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.