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29 July 2004

Fake SpamAssassin headers

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Although my anti-spam set up works fairly well, I had been surprised in the past months (apparently starting end of May) to get some obvious spams (involving e.g. ‘Valium’ in the subject) going through it without problems. Only today have I realized that this was because the mails were not checked by my SpamAssassin, but (supposingly) by a SpamAssassin on popular free Web-based email services (e.g. yahoo or hotmail); that is, they included the following headers:

X-Spam-Checker-Version: SpamAssassin 2.60-spambr_20030926a on popular_mail_service.com
X-Spam-Level:
X-Spam-Status: No, hits=-5.9 required=5.0 tests=AWL,NO_REAL_NAME autolearn=no
        version=2.60-spambr_20030926a

Due to the way my SpamAssassin set up works, they were not re-checked when entering my spam filters!

28 July 2004

One more W3C Team Blog

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As part of the discussion on W3C Team having work-related blogs, Richard Ishida just started his own blog, with entries on the very many cool tools (among other things) he has developed to help people use the Web with different languages…

See also the list of W3C Team Blogs Karl compiled a few weeks ago.

21 July 2004

Extracting examples from a specification

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While doing a review of the VoiceXML 2.1 first working draft as part of the attempts the W3C QA Team is making at reviewing early drafts, I’ve written up a very small XSLT style sheet which extracts the example of the specification, relying on their mark-up convention where examples are embedded in <div class='exampleInner'>; it uses the saxon:output extension, so that I get one XML file per example, which allows me then to check their well-formedness – and when they become available, their validity with regard to the DTD and the XML Schema.

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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.