· Naughties
· · 2003
· · · October
· · · · 17 (2 entries)

GUIs and Browsers, Again · Jon Udell has an­oth­er very sol­id piece on the GUI/brows­er ten­sion. This is­sue isn’t go­ing away, be­cause I (and a lot of oth­er­s) think that Mi­crosoft has nev­er re­al­ly got­ten com­fy with a browser-centric world. For ex­am­ple read this, from Scoble last Ju­ly, about all the ways HTML isn’t good enough and how they’re fix­ing it over in Red­mond. My heart is on my sleeve; I think a mod­ern standards-compliant brows­er hits such a huge sweet spot that it’s go­ing to be hard to move the world past it. At Antarc­ti­ca we’ve cre­at­ed a re­al­ly rich, snap­py, in­ter­ac­tive and very graph­i­cal in­ter­face with­out push­ing the edges of the brows­er very hard. Now if we could just get Mi­crosoft to give IE a shot in the arm some­time be­tween now and Longhorn.
UTF-8+names · Here’s the prob­lem. You want to put “funny” char­ac­ters in your XML, ones that aren’t on your key­board, like “ñ” isn’t in Greece and “Δ” isn’t in Mex­i­co. XML has a bunch of ways to do this; some of them re­quire so­phis­ti­cat­ed soft­ware, oth­ers are re­al­ly ug­ly, and if you want to avoid both the ug­li­ness and the fan­cy soft­ware, you can use a DTD. Ex­cept for peo­ple don’t want to use DTDs ei­ther. This set of is­sues has been dark­en­ing the XML skies for years now, but we may have stum­bled on a way out of the box. (Warn­ing: Bit-banging tech­ni­calia of in­ter­est on­ly to XML ob­ses­sives) ...
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