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The case for standards; more on Eolas; newspapers tackle the future

A year or so ago, before big sites began embracing CSS-based layouts a group called MACCAWS formed to push the commercial case for Web standards. Although its efforts have yet to be released, Jeffrey Veen has written an excellent argument supporting the idea.

Unfortunately, Eolas’ successful patent claim against Microsoft over, essentially, plug-ins could end up gravely hurting HTML. Despite earlier claims, the one-man company now says its willing to settle with Microsoft. The best scenario for everyone, though, would be the discovery of some prior art to nullify Eolas’ patent.

As the Globe experiments with what its calling “blogs” for the Ontario provincial election, the editors may want to pay head to the experiences of the Sacramento Bee. The paper’s Web site has decided to add a layer of editorial approval before any items posted on the site, and has some well-thought reasons why. Also of interest is the profile in Toronto Life (story not online) about the Star’s ombudsman, Don Sellar

An addendum to last week’s item about online newspaper subscriptions: Hamilton Spectator also has one that is free for print subscribers. Everyone else has to pay the equivalent of the print subscription fee to read the paper online. No word on its success, but the online subscription page is quite buried.

More on the future of newspapers can be read at the Rewrite! blog.

According to Alexa, Verisign has experienced a 4,900 percent jump in traffic over the past week, with about 65 percent of the traffic going to its Net-wreaking Sitefinder service.