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Tech: A Welcome Respite

It’s long past time for me to return to technical writing, if only because I need a respite from the battle against Trump and his evil minions. It helps that there is a lot to be excited about—in a good way—in the tech world. The Node community seems to be moving beyond its early growing […]

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Google’s Ta Da moments

Recovered from the Wayback Machine. Henri Bergius wrote a piece on Google’s seeming desire to replace all web components, except HTML. Among the “new” technologies: SPDY to replace HTTP schema.org and Microdata to replace a decade’s worth of semantic work with RDF and microformats WebP, a new image format WebM, a new video format And now […]

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The Tyranny of Standards

Originally published December 19, 2000, at O’Reilly (Wayback Machine archive). Before proceeding into the core of this article, I want to say one thing to you: challenge your assumptions. Challenge your assumption that all Internet services are provided by a Web server and consumed by a browser. Challenge your assumption that chaos within a development […]

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Using Old Page layout tricks with new technology

Originally published at Netscape Enterprise Developer, now archived at the Wayback Machine Prior to the release of Netscape Navigator 4.0 and Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0, Web developers had to use a lot of tricks to control the layout and looks of a Web page. There was no easy way to control the positioning of elements […]