Don’t call me DOM

9 July 2004

<cite> obsessions

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Karl has another of his obsessions about the cite element in HTML.

Part of it is a request to improve the semantic extractor (or in fact, its underlying XSLT style sheet) to support the cite element; 10 lines of XSLT later (which I could have linked to if the said style sheet was in W3C Public CVS repository), it does support it, as demonstrated on Karl’s page itself.

But why should one care that much about this element (or its close colleagues blockquote and q, confusingly completed by a cite attribute)?

6 July 2004

Regression testing for a User Interface in a Web application

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A good part of my work is targetted at developing tools for W3C day to day operations; the most recent ones have been WBS, an application allowing to create and edit questionnaires, to answer them and to collect and present their results, and IPP (standing for Implementation of the Patent Policy), a set of tools to make the application of W3C Patent Policy smoother for everybody.

As I’m more or less convinced of the benefits of having a test suite for any code I write – hey, remember, I’m supposed to lead the Quality Assurance effort at W3C -, I’ve tried to add tests for most of my code as I write it; one part of the code remains pretty much untested, though: the User Interface.

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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.