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Archives by Month: October, 2003

Listed below are excerpts and links to all weblog, blog entries, posts published during October, 2003.

Tue

28

OCT

2003

Eolas Patent: W3C’s Berners-Lee Writes to U.S. Patent Director

Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director and inventor of the Web, wrote a letter Tuesday to the U.S. Patent and Trademarks Director regarding the Eolas patent, asking that the patent be invalidated. For more information, see the W3C’s Briefing, World Wide Web Consortium Presents US Patent Office with Evidence Invalidating Eolas Patent and the letter from Tim Berners-Lee to Hon. James E. Rogan. The letter is quite insightful about the impact of this recent lawsuit on the Web. See also the New York Times: Web Group Backs Microsoft in Patent Suit. (114 words, 5 links)

10:01 pm, pst28 October, 2003

Mon

27

OCT

2003

Post to MovableType or Typepad from FeedDemon

In the FeedDemon newsgroup Jakub Kazecki shared how to post to MovableType directly from FeedDemon RSS Reader, as shown below. See also Glenn Slaven’s post for posting to Typepad from FeedDemon. FeedDemon 1.0 RC2 is also now available. See today’s post for links and details. (168 words, 8 links)

09:38 am, pst27 October, 2003

Fri

24

OCT

2003

Friday Feast #63: Information Architecture, Standards, Best Practices

This week’s Friday Feast takes a look at an insightful new interview of Jeffrey Zeldman, A List Apart’s new site design that everyone’s talking about, and user-friendly approaches to website information architecture. (1086 words, 25 links, 2 images)

06:16 pm, pdt24 October, 2003

Tue

21

OCT

2003

XHTML Transitional, Strict - What’s the Difference?

What’s allowable in XHTML 1.0 Transitional but not permitted in XHTML 1.0 Strict? Peter-Paul Koch asked about comparison lists the other day in his exceptional XHTML-L discussion list. I’ve listed three of my favorites below. I found these concise and easy to quickly find what you need. I’ve added short descriptions to each of the links below: (142 words, 8 links)

10:29 am, pdt21 October, 2003

Mon

20

OCT

2003

Why Should You Learn CSS?

Top 10 Reasons to Learn CSS is the latest interview of Christopher Schmitt, this time by Sessions.edu talking about why it matters to learn CSS. Although the first page of the interview outlines the 10 reasons, the interview goes into much helpful insight about CSS, why it matters, how easy it is to use, and Schmitt’s thoughts on CSS implementation. (96 words, 5 links, 1 image)

10:09 pm, pdt20 October, 2003

Categories: Books, CSS, Design, Development

Sat

18

OCT

2003

FeedDemon Now Release Candidate

FeedDemon RSS Reader is getting close to its official release, Friday announcing FeedDemon 1.0 Release Candidate 1 (RC1). The FeedDemon 1.0 RC1 Release Notes document the latest of Nick Bradbury’s diligent hard work, fine tuning, and listening to user requests during the past several months of beta testing. (233 words, 8 links)

05:45 pm, pdt18 October, 2003

Mon

13

OCT

2003

MT-Blacklist: New Movable Type Plugin to Block Comments Spam

Jay Allen’s MT-Blacklist has been made available to help combat comments spam. There’s plenty of praise and comments at his post, MT-Blacklist: Stop Spam Now, too. Since I’d already implemented Jay’s comment spam modules I’ve seen firsthand how incredibly effective filtering can be for my site, reducing my comments spam to a trickle. For more of my thoughts on dealing with comments spam with links and tips see my post, Friday Feast #61: Unwanted Comments. (199 words, 8 links)

09:03 pm, pdt13 October, 2003

Categories: Movable Type, Weblogs

Sun

12

OCT

2003

Comment Spam Festival, of Sorts

Over the weekend I ran a couple of searches on words and links used in attempted comment spam at my site to see what other sites they had been been spamming. In the process I came across a page at the McGregor Museum’s website that is quite a repository for comment spammers. (149 words, 3 links)

09:09 pm, pdt12 October, 2003

Categories: Internet, Weblogs

Sat

11

OCT

2003

It’s Official: Longhorn Slated for 2006

Eric Meyer’s comment Friday about Microsoft’s next OS, Longhorn, may have actually been a little generous: (Yes, I can count: Microsoft’s Longhorn launch date of 2005 says to me it’ll actually launch in 2006. I’m just drawing a historical inference here.) Today Mary Jo Foley reported in her Microsoft Watch weblog: It’s Official: No Longhorn Until 2006, by Mary Jo Foley, October 11, 2003. (213 words, 2 links)

06:28 pm, pdt11 October, 2003

Fri

10

OCT

2003

Friday Feast #62: New Books, CSS, Browsers, Standards

Lots going on this week about web design, CSS, standards, browsers, and new books I’m especially excited to see coming out. Here are some highlights: (1525 words, 34 links, 2 images)

11:07 am, pdt10 October, 2003

Tue

7

OCT

2003

Semantic Markup, Accessibility, Better Search Engine Rankings

Cookiecrook’s Accessibility Internet Rally: 2003 Training is packed with helpful information about how to create an accessible website and why it matters. You’ll find help for CSS, JavaScript, Flash, and more. Be sure to also check out the section on Semantic Markup. Creating an accessible site has the added benefit of helping search engines spider your content better, too. Search engines rank keywords and take cues from semantic markup, such as using heading tags for headers. Read on for more tips and links. (258 words, 7 links)

06:58 pm, pdt 7 October, 2003

Mon

6

OCT

2003

New Pixel Fonts at MiniFonts.com

Among the new fonts out this month at MiniFonts.com is "Itsibitsi," the tiniest icons made to date by Paul Wootton. In this set you’ll find positive and negative version icons totaling 320 unique icons. You get them all for only US$12. I have a feeling these will start popping up in weblogs especially. Read on for my review and graphic samples. (173 words, 10 links, 1 image)

09:00 am, pdt 6 October, 2003

Sun

5

OCT

2003

More CSS Tips and Help

Lots going on to help with CSS: The Latest WPDFD, new tutorials, new weblogs devoted to CSS, standards, and web design, and more. Read on for the details. (256 words, 11 links)

09:02 pm, pdt 5 October, 2003

Fri

3

OCT

2003

Friday Feast #61: Unwanted Comments

I was absolutely horrified when I read Phil Ringnalda’s comment spam alert story last year in which a Las Vegas real estate agent used a script to try to autogenerate comments to every single one of Phil’s entries, including links to the spammer’s real estate site. While most of us won’t get bombed like that we still have our hands full with unwanted comment spammers. Today’s Friday Feast provides some tips about what I do to help combat comment spam along with links to more helpful tips, plugins, scripts, and information. (1318 words, 24 links)

05:49 pm, pdt 3 October, 2003

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