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16 July 2009

Using /etc/xml/catalog with org.apache.xml.resolver

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I have just reported the bug in the w3c-dtd-xhtml Ubuntu package that had prevented me from using the Apache XML Catalog resolver to use local XHTML DTDs rather than the on-line ones when using the Saxon XSLT processor.

Hitting the on-line DTDs on every invokation of Saxon unnecessarily burdens the W3C Web site. I had already found guidance on how to use the Apache XML Catalog resolver to avoid that, but it wouldn’t work with the default XML catalog list provided by Ubuntu in /etc/xml/catalog for the XHTML DTDs.

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.