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June 2004’s Posts.

  1. Comments on a summer vacation

    Comments have been greatly improved for the new site.

  2. ISPs freed

    Just in time for Canada Day, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled against ISPs paying royalties for music their users download. The move, pushed by SOCAN, was deemed impractical, unfair, and unconventional. One of the judges, Justice Ian Binnie, wrote:

  3. Redesign watch

  4. Comments a’comin’

    For those that care, comments are returning soon. But before they do, I’m taking some time off

  5. Two more seats

    Two more seats, two more seats would have made things much better. Stupid FPTP

  6. Obsolescence and W3C

    On the heels of the of the first call for comments on Web Forms 2.0, comes a News.com story touches on the issues behind that specifications development. Although the article focuses on Office documents, PDFs, Flash, and RSS the so-called Web standards face a similar problem. With XHTML, SVG, and XForms still born, and real progress being made by WHATWG, the W3C is risking obsolescence. (Ian Hickson writes a bit more about this in his latest posting, too.)

  7. Go vote

    Election day in Canada, so stop reading this Canadians, and go vote. (Find your local polling station.) One more thing, if you’re thinking of voting Conservative in protest against the Liberals, make sure you understand the ideas of the Calgary School.

  8. Internet Explorer evangelist

    Apparently, Microsoft has quietly appointed an evangelist to the Internet Explorer development team. Dave Massy worked with IE prior to getting transferred over to Longhorn work. Although he claims it’s not big news he does say he’ll be fielding user requests to the Internet Explorer development team.

  9. Post out

    As promised, the National Post will be pulling out of CP June 30 because the paper can’t afford its dues. Since its establishment 1917, the news service has grown to include more than 600 Canadian newsrooms and news agencies from around the world and its style guide and spelling guide is the standard for Canadian writers, journalists, and editors

  10. 50 top (foreign) magazines

    Unfortunately, Canadian magazine stands are crammed with American titles, forcing out quality domesitc books. But, if you have to buy foreign titles, the Chicago Tribune has compiled a list of its favourite fifty magazines. Wired top’s the list, no doubt helped by its surging ad revenue.

  11. Bloomsday

    “Mr Leopold Bloom ate with relish the inner organs of beasts and fowls.…”

  12. Redesigns for BoingBoing, FOXNews, and the Mozilla Store

    When planets collide: BoingBoing and FOXNews both redesign. Neither is stellar, and one is downright awful (hint, it’s the one done to look more like a TV channel). Both sites should have talked to Steven Garrity (he of the excellent post “How Websites Learn”) and his co-workers at silverorange; that crew’s work on the Mozilla Store is terrific

  13. Lessons from Weblogs.com

    The brouhaha over Dave Winer’s decision to pull the plug on weblogs.com-hosted blogs offers three axioms about the Web in specific, and life in general:

  14. Love-ing new media journalism

    Mr. Holovaty points to a days-old site from Gary Love on new media journalism. The site looks to be the kind I was first hoping to create with this one; that is a content-rich resource on the unrealized potential in online journalism. Love has a lot of experience in the field, but has decided not to tie his name to the project (depsite using his personal’s site design). The result is a site whose pseudo-anonymity weakens the integrity of the well-thought out articles. Still worth a bookmark, though

  15. Rewarding openess

    Today Tim Berners-Lee receives €1 million from the world’s largest technology prize, the Millennium Technology Prize, for — in part — not patenting his most spectacular invention, the Web itself.

  16. “Standards-friendly” ads

    The company behind XStandard, the WYSIWYG XHTML editor, has cleverly used some stock photography to create some “standards-friendly” ads

  17. Registration doubts

    As the wave of registration-only Web sites roll forward, questions about registration’s benefits are seeping into the mainstream

  18. New Mozilla releases

    Two new release candidates from the Mozilla Foundation: Mozilla Suite 1.7 RC3 and Firebird 0.9 RC1 (the latter features a controversial new theme).

  19. Meet Sympatico/MSN, register at the Globe

    The Canadian Web is changing: Sympatico is MSN and get ready to register at the Globe and Mail’s sites

  20. JavaScript scrap

    Bert Bos really dislikes JavaScript and Brendan Eich reacts by questioning the W3C’s relevance

  21. Stopdesign restarts

    When Friday Mr. Bowman said there was another redesign underway at Stopdesign, few suspected the entire foundation would be replaced.

  22. Do’s and don’ts for online newspapers

    MediaSavvy continues its survey on why a newspaper can’t be more like a blog, this time discussing why so few of online newspapers have ability to track stories and add comments. Barry Parr also mentions Jonathan Dube’s list of 101 things to improve a news site. “We” have done at least nine on the list

  23. Stick the stinger on the WaSP

    The Web Standards Project wants to know what effect it and Web standards in general have in your working life. For most of the Web-developing readers of this little site, standards are a way of life, and it’s easy to forget we are in the vast minority. Filling it out the WaSP’s brief survey will help the organization reach out to the majority.

  24. Man knows news (from blogs)

    One Steve recently went on a news diet and restricted himself to the blogosphere. Later, another Steve tested the first’s news knowledge of that period. The results indicated you can get the news from just blogs. Of course, the same positive results would likely be obtained if the diet was restricted to discussions with friends at bars and cafes, too

  25. A Royal pain in the…

    The man behind the RBC crash and Eric Reguly on how the bank reacted

  26. TodaysPapers: a new news aggregator

    TodaysPaper merges GoogleNews with a community-blog-like interface. Though it’s still in its infancy (tracking only 100 feeds), TodaysPapers is the second project from BlogLabs — Cam Barrett’s personal business incubator. Barrett knows the medium, and it should be very interesting to see if how the users editorializing (via comments) will effect how readers digest the news as the site grows.

  27. Introducing WHATWG

    Some frustration, perhaps, has lead to the creation of the YABA-friendly WHATWG. The idea is, in essence, to create new technologies to extend the core Web standards (HTML, CSS, DOM and ECMA Script) and allow developers to created Web-based applications. (MozillaZine offers a good overview.)

  28. mono redesigns

    Another notable redesign: the subtly-changed mono. Mr. Holst describes in detail both the influences and hurdles in this design

  29. RSS and newspapers

    RSS’s relationship with online newspapers is on my brain, and the topic seems to be appearing everywhere:

  30. Firefox 0.9 release date

    Firefox 0.9 will be released in about ten days, a release candidate should be available next week. This version will essentially be 1.0; in other words, no new features will be added to 0.9 and only bug fixes will be applied to create 1.0. The more that use and test these versions, the better the final product

  31. Normandy at 60

    Sixty years ago this weekend, thousands of soliders (including my grandfather) prepared for a massive invasion on the beaches of Normandy. The CBC’s online team imagines what its coverage would have been like had they been there. The clever project is not only a unique way to present a well-known story, but also a brillant way to tap into its archives (including a long-lost CBC recording of a broadcast by the late Katharine Hepburn)

  32. Tiananmen at 15

    Fifteen-years ago today a pro-democracy protest was brutally suppressed as the world watched in horror. Hundreds or thousands died demanding reforms that China is finally, but slowly, making

  33. Will it ever launch?

    Laying out the plan to launch this new design.

  34. Elections sites fail validity test

    As I mentioned yesterday, Canada’s in the midst of a federal election so Joe Clark and I (along with some other members of WebStandards.TO) thought it’d be a good idea to see how accessible and valid the five major parties’ sites were.

  35. Redesign update

    For those wondering about the redesign of this site, I’ve posted an update

  36. New IE will be the same as the old

    Ian Hickson is at the W3C’s Workshop on Web Applications and Compound Documents where he learned the version of Internet Explorer to be included with Longhorn — a.k.a, the next version of Windows — apparently still won’t support XHTML with a MIME type of “application/xhtml+xml” nor will it natively support SVG. As well, the Microsoft representatives said, according to Hickson, “significantly more comprehensive test suites” are needed before Microsoft will work on standards compliance again

  37. Widgetopia relaunches

    Widgetopia has relaunched as collaborative site in which anyone can post examples of user-interface elements; the site also has its own domain: “widgetopia.net”

  38. New IE7 better than the old

    Dean Edwards continues his admirable work on IE7, and has released version 0.6. Though still an alpha, he’s added support for fixed positioning and IE 5.0. One big change is IE7 can now respect CSS precedence and specificity. Any questions can be posted in the support forums

  39. Rare political rant

    I’ve also posted a rare (for this site, at least) political rant about a disturbing trend emerging in the current (Canadian) federal election

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