• DocBook: What's not to like???

    Everytime I read about DocBook there’s one thing everyone says, it’s complicated. Well I don’t get it. DocBook is not complicated. I mean, sure it’s got a few hundred different elements, but you don’t actually need most of them. You basically need, book, article, section, title, para, ulink, table, and informallist. That’s it. All of those, except for section and title, map directly onto XHTML. Section and title, are actually better than HTML once you get used to how they work, and they make the magic that makes DocBook so much better than HTML because it’s structured, not just presentational. Then there’s the awesome XSLT stylesheets from Norman, so all you really need to do is make a few changes in the params.xsl file and write up a CSS file, and you’re set to go. It’s got all kinds of nice features like automatic table of contents building, indexing, etc. And if you ever discover you need to add a reference, or a quotation, you just pull out the reference and it explains what to do (with examples). You insert the right tags, and the XSLT does a nice baseline formatting job for you automatically. You can tweak to your heart’s content.

  • Latent Semantic Analysis

    It’s the technique used in Mac OS X’s Mail program to catch spam, it’s patented :-( and it’s described in an awesome paper An Introduction to Latent Semantic Analysis (PDF) by Landauer, Foltz and Laham. Wow, check this out:<blockquote>

  • My magic box

    I just read Soekris Router Project . Soekris in case you haven’t probably heard of it is a little company that makes these fantastic little PC-compatible chipsets that are totally solid-state, no moving parts, DC power, just the basics, a couple of ethernet ports, a PC card slot or two, a CompactFlash slot for the media, and a nifty-looking box.

  • Reboot videos

    Reboot is a tiny little conference held in Denmark somewhere, but they got all kinds of cool speakers this year and made videos of them all. Based on the cartoon summary I I wanted to watch the video of Tim O’Reilly s talk. It was good .. I recommend it. He talked about open source, and the move from software- oriented world to a data-oriented world. (via multiplicity )

  • Not long ago

    In a galaxy close, close by, my hit counter moved into five digits. Woo hoo!

  • i18n L10N etc.

    Find out how KDE is doing at translating their system and documentation into 40 different languages, look at the pretty picture .

  • A while ago but...

    The COOK report interviewed David Hughes about Wi-Fi .<blockquote>

  • post

    I just released the 0.01 (pre-alpha) version of Alexandra , a roundtripping forms system that uses RNG (Relax NG), XSLT pipelining (using AxKit of course…;-) and presents in HTML forms. There’s an interactive demo to play with as well.

  • post

    Just for the first time, I saw a posting on slashdot signed with a female name. (It was Allison.) This is the first time I can ever remember seeing that.

  • Notice anything different?

    Yeah, I changed the font from verdana to just sans-serif. That means you, that’s right — you! — are now responsible for choosing a good default sans-serif font for your system. If you’re on Mac OS X, may I recommend Gills Sans for sans-serif and Hoefler Text for serif? They look very nice.