· Naughties
· · 2003
· · · July
· · · · 04 (2 entries)

On Nations · Tues­day was Cana­da Day and we had a fine hol­i­day; Fri­day is the Fourth of Ju­ly, when our south­ern neigh­bour will be wav­ing more flags than usu­al and its thinkers in­ton­ing on What Amer­i­ca Mean­s. In my for­ties and hav­ing had the lux­u­ry of see­ing many na­tions up close, to­day I un­der­stand not at all what a na­tion is, what it means to be Amer­i­can or Bo­li­vian or Ja­panese or Egyp­tian. But it’s a thing worth wor­ry­ing about, and brought down­stage cen­tre by the co­in­ci­dence of dates, and al­so by the fact that I’m hav­ing trou­ble evict­ing Old Glo­ry from my menubar ...
On Search: UI Archeology · This chap­ter of the On Search saga is a side-trip; a look at an un­usu­al search us­er in­ter­face I built a dozen years ago. One of the rea­sons it didn’t catch on back then was that there wasn’t enough XML in the world. Now that there is, maybe this bit of lega­cy code will pro­voke an idea or two. Just may­be, it con­tains some ideas that will be use­ful to the folk who are won­der­ing how to make the pow­er of XPath and XQuery use­ful to or­di­nary peo­ple ...
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