Saturday, February 23, 2002

"As long as content exists somewhere in XML, it's re-use is only a parse away. In this way, separation of style from content in the backend is far more powerful than any separation with HTML/CSS." the key here is that this must be done in the backend (on the server), which both wastes the processing power of the client machine and makes it more difficult (or impossible) for the user to control how content is displayed. CSS solves both of these problems. if i don't like your CSS, i can view your content with my own CSS, and it's my browser, not your centralized server doing the work. this system scales much better than a server-parsed XML system does.

Friday, February 22, 2002

mark pilgrim says: "I think that most content producers vastly overestimate the value of their content. By the same token, most readers ("content consumers" sounds so... impersonal) vastly underestimate the cost of making good content on a timely basis and aggregating it in one place." i disagree. i think most content producers and most readers could come to an agreement about how much content is worth if payment systems were more flexible. if i and my readers both agree that my content is worth 10 cents for a month of access, how could i possibly charge them that? i can't and that's the real problem. more specifically, the problem is that it costs more for payment system providers to accept payment for the content than the content is worth - it costs almost (if not more than) 10 cents for me to charge my readers 10 cents.

Thursday, February 21, 2002

did i mention i've been sleeping less?

i got my first googlewhack.

Wednesday, February 20, 2002

so i made up a messy browser-based text editor with javascript and CSS. it's not particularly useful, but considering how little i know of javascript or CSS, i think it's enough for a proof-of-concept. check it out if you're interested.
"CSS is even more for the writer than the reader." my advice to CSS advocates: create a CSS( and javascript?)-based wrting system superior to <TEXTAREA> tags, and dave winer will change his views of CSS.
jonathon delacour speaks japanese: "I learned a long time ago that the only mistake is to let on that you don't understand what's going on. Bluff and you'll eventually be able to make an appropriate remark." that's one of the big things i learned when i was in japan. but i don't think it's only japanese. i think in many situations one can figure out what's happening faster (and with less distraction from whatever is happening) by pretending she already knows than by asking.
"Security forces shot and killed four Maoist rebels in the town of Kalikot west of the capital, the Defense Ministry said Wednesday. Eight more died elsewhere in overnight gun battles, authorities said." a few days ago i linked to a story about these maoists killing people, and implied that this is a bad thing. just to be even-handed, killing maoists - also bad.
bush says: "I worry about a regime that is closed and not transparent. I'm deeply concerned about the people of North Korea. " is he talking about the "evil" people of North Korea? apparently he isn't concerned that the american regime is "closed and not transparent."
"President Bush has decided to transform the administration's temporary wartime communications effort into a permanent office of global diplomacy to spread a positive image of the United States around the world and combat anti-Americanism, senior administration officials said today." (emphasis added) isn't that what the state department is for? the state department works for, among other things "U.S. representation abroad [and] countering international crime." however, the state department also works for "promoting peace and stability." i'm guesing the "wartime communications effort" won't be as interested in this.

Tuesday, February 19, 2002

Monday, February 18, 2002

dave winer has been talking about CSS lately. i agree with him on this: it's not ready. i need to print this page. it's in CSS. the latest versions of both IE and netscape for the mac think it's only one page long. luckily, i had the ability to just switch to a windows machine, but it's a bad user experience. maybe this is the fault of the designer and not CSS, but it's rather difficult to use html and not get wysiwyg printing. with CSS, it's hard to get wysiwyg printing.

Sunday, February 17, 2002

communists still haven't given up in nepal: "More than 2,400 people have died in the fighting."