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Posted in web design by eyebee on November 27, 2006

What is a microformat?

Microformats are markup that allows semantics to be expressed in an HTML page. For example many readers may be used adding XFN data to the link in a WordPress blog.

This data tells others what relationship the link has to your blog (if any). For example it could be another of your sites, or a friends, co-worker, or if it is geographically near you.

Tags can also be considered microformats, and indeed sites such as Technorati makes use of them, and so you Yahoo.

Adding contact details is another use of microformats


On This day 16 years ago.

Posted in web design by eyebee on November 12, 2006

WorldWideWeb: Proposal for a HyperText Project

P.G. Innocenti/ECP, G. Kellner/ECP, D.O. Williams/CN
R. Brun/CN, K. Gieselmann/ECP, R.€ Jones/ECP, T.€ Osborne/CN,
P. Palazzi/ECP, N.€ Pellow/CN, B.€ Pollermann/CN, E.M.€ Rimmer/ECP
T. Berners-Lee/CN, R. Cailliau/ECP
12 November 1990

The attached document describes in more detail a Hypertext project.

HyperText is a way to link and access information of various kinds
as a web of nodes in which the user can browse at will. It provides
a single user-interface to large classes of information (reports,
notes, data-bases, computer documentation and on-line help). We propose
a simple scheme incorporating servers already available at CERN.

The project has two phases: firstly we make use of existing software
and hardware as well as implementing simple browsers for the user’s
workstations, based on an analysis of the requirements for information
access needs by experiments. Secondly, we extend the application
area by also allowing the users to add new material.

Phase one should take 3 months with the full manpower complement,
phase two a further 3 months, but this phase is more open-ended, and
a review of needs and wishes will be incorporated into it.

The manpower required is 4 software engineers and a programmer, (one
of which could be a Fellow). Each person works on a specific part
(eg. specific platform support).

Each person will require a state-of-the-art workstation , but there
must be one of each of the supported types. These will cost from 10
to 20k each, totalling 50k. In addition, we would like to use commercially
available software as much as possible, and foresee an expense of
30k during development for one-user licences, visits to existing installations
and consultancy.

We will assume that the project can rely on some computing support
at no cost: development file space on existing development systems,
installation and system manager support for daemon software.

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Do you flinch?

Posted in web design by eyebee on November 1, 2006

I’m looking for a good web site checker to check inbound and outbound, internal and external links. I’ve heard Flinch mentioned. Is this good software, or are there better utilties out there? Any recommendations would be most appreciated.