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26 January 2005

GRDDL on the desktop

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While it’s fun to be able to play with GRDDL on the Web, what I would really love to see is desktop applications using GRDDL to integrate with the Web; some random ideas:

  • get Evolution to be able to subscribe to an HTML page to import contacts from it; this would suppose: getting Evolution to understand an RDF contacts vocabulary (e.g. SWAD contact or FOAF), and then to get it to understand GRDDL – either with the full URI dereferencing/XSLT processing, or simply with a few well-known HTML profiles to encode it- maybe Chandler would be a better application to target?

10 January 2005

Spellchecker code available

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I’ve been asked privately whether the code of spellchecker service run on the W3C site was available; it wasn’t, but now it is, along with tidy on-line and HTTP HEAD services code.

The spellchecker uses a fairly simple Python wrapper around aspell, that:

  • allows to pick the language of the document being spell checked – ideally, this would be autodetected in the HTTP headers (Content-Language) and in the HTML document itself (with the lang/xml:lang attributes)
  • presents the errors found, and optionally the possible corrections
  • links to a different form (whose code hasn’t been released yet) to add words in the local dictionary

7 January 2005

Look and Sea

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I took a few minutes to make my wordpress installation a bit more personal-looking; no big changes, but at least it’s not the default theme anymore.

(Can you see I’m not a designer? ;)

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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.