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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.

21 April 2005

Links annotater

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The Web is a formidable tool to host documentation; nothing new about that.

But documentation, be it on the Web or not, tend to rot when not maintained. Nothing new about that either.

While documentation maintenance is probably better addressed at the social-engineering level, there are tools that can help manage it; namely, a few weeks ago, W3C Systems Team went through the process of cleaning up our internal documentation on processes, tools, services, configurations, etc. that sits on our Team-only Web site, but is too rarely kept up to date with the latest developments.

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Picture of Dominique Hazael-MassieuxDominique Hazaël-Massieux (dom@w3.org) 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.