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Paul Merrell

HTML+RDFa 1.1 - 16 views

  • HTML+RDFa 1.1

    Support for RDFa in HTML4 and HTML5

    W3C Working Draft 19 October 2010

  • This specification defines rules and guidelines for adapting the RDFa Core 1.1 specification for use in HTML5 and XHTML5. The rules defined in this specification not only apply to HTML5 documents in non-XML and XML mode, but also to HTML4 and XHTML documents interpreted through the HTML5 parsing rules.
  • This specification is an extension to the HTML5 language. All normative content in the HTML5 specification, unless specifically overridden by this specification, is intended to be the basis for this specification.
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  • 1. Introduction

    This section is non-normative.

    Today's web is built predominantly for human consumption. Even as machine-readable data begins to permeate the web, it is typically distributed in a separate file, with a separate format, and very limited correspondence between the human and machine versions. As a result, web browsers can provide only minimal assistance to humans in parsing and processing web data: browsers only see presentation information. RDFa is intended to solve the problem of machine-readable data in HTML documents. RDFa provides a set of HTML attributes to augment visual data with machine-readable hints. Using RDFa, authors may turn their existing human-visible text and links into machine-readable data without repeating content.

Paul Merrell

Google Sites API opens Microsoft SharePoint - - 1 views

  • Signaling an intent to compete with giants in the collaboration software space, Google unveiled an API to extend the Google Sites collaborative content development tool, featuring a capability to migrate files from workspace applications such as Microsoft SharePoint and Lotus Notes to Sites.

    One application already built using the Google Sites API is SharePoint Move for Google Apps, developed by LTech for migrating data and content from SharePoint to Sites. Google Sites is a free application for building and sharing websites; it is described by Google as a collaborative content creation tool to upload file attachments, information other Google applications such as Google Docs, and free-form content.

Gary Edwards

10 Must-Have Google Chrome Extensions - PCWorld - 3 views

    MailBrowser is incredible!  Watchout DropBox, this takes the whole sync and collaboration on attached documents to a new level.

    gCalendar ext
    gMail Checker Plus
    MailBrowser ext
    Google Quick Scroll (shows search results on page)
    IE Tab for Chrome (renders IE specific Web Pages in Chrome)
    Docs PDF/PowerPoint Viewer (no waiting for Adobe or PowerPoint Reader)
    Forecastfox Weather
    Fastest Chrome: research aid for wikipedia and google search
    Apture Highlights:   better research than Fastest Chrome

Paul Merrell

Project Summary - 3 views

  • Maqetta is an open source technology initiative at Dojo Foundation that provides WYSIWYG tooling in the cloud for HTML5 (desktop and mobile). Maqetta allows User Experience Designers (UXD) to perform drag/drop assembly of live UI mockups.

    One of Maqetta's key design goals is to create developer-ready UI mockups that promote efficient hand-off from designers to developers. The user interfaces created by Maqetta are real-life web applications that can be handed off to developers, who can then transform the application incrementally from UI mockup into final shipping application. While we expect the Maqetta-created mockups often will go through major code changes, Maqetta is designed to promote preservation of visual assets, particularly the CSS style sheets, across the development life cycle. As a result, the careful pixel-level styling efforts by the UI team will carry through into the final shipping application. To help with the designer/developer hand-off, Maqetta includes a "download into ZIP" feature to create a ZIP image that can be imported into a developer tool workspace (e.g., Eclipse IDE).

    For team development, Maqetta includes a web-based review&commenting features with forum-style comments and on-canvas annotations.

    • Maqetta includes:

      • a WYSIWYG visual page editor for drawing out user interfaces
      • drag/drop mobile UI authoring within an exact-dimension device silhouette, such as the silhouette of an iPhone
      • simultaneous editing in either design or source views
      • deep support for CSS styling (the application includes a full CSS parser/modeler)
      • a mechanism for organizing a UI prototype into a series of "application states" (aka "screens" or "panels") which allows a UI designer to define interactivity without programming
      • a web-based review and commenting feature where the author can submit a live UI mockup for review by his team members
      • a "wireframing" feature that allows UI designers to create UI proposals that have a hand-drawn look
      • a theme editor for customizing the visual styling of a collection of widgets
      • export options that allow for smooth hand-off of the UI mockups into leading developer tools such as Eclipse
      • Maqetta's code base has a toolkit-independent architecture that allows for plugging in arbitrary widget libraries and CSS themes.
Gary Edwards

Goldilocks SEO | SEO - 3 views

    Funny graphic showing how to engineer and maneuver your web sites to get the most out of Google Search Engine.  Excellent advice positioned in a cute, but surprisingly effective and contrasting graphic format.  
Gary Edwards

Glide Extends the IPad, Converts Flash on the Fly - PCWorld Business Center - 2 views

    Wow!  30GB free.  250 file formats with a "universal translation engine".  And HTML5.

    "You can't have convergence unless you have the ability to translate files across different platforms and devices," Donald Leka, TransMedia's CEO, told Macworld. "There's a war between the big tech companies like Adobe, Apple, Microsoft, and Google, and these compatibility issues are not going to go away."

    Glide also lets you share any documents or media in your account with other users or the public. And with new desktop clients for Mac and PC that can sync a local folder up to your cloud storage space, Glide is taking on popular competitors like Dropbox, SugarSync, and Apple's own iDisk.

    Glide is free to use in desktop browsers and on the iPad, and free accounts get 30GB of space to start. Premium accounts offer 250GB of space for $50 per year.
Gary Edwards

I Want To Build A Website. Do I Need a Content Management System (CMS)? - www.htmlgoodi... - 2 views

    Although there are many open source CMSes available, we're going to focus on those that are based upon PHP. The following CMSes are thus PHP-based, and use a MySQL database. The advantages of using such a CMS include portability, support and a large developer base with frequent updates and improvements. We will discuss the following four CMSes:
    Drupal - a free open source content management system written in PHP and distributed under the GNU General Public License
    Joomla - an open source content management system platform for publishing content as a Model-view-controller (MVC) web application framework
    PHPNuke - a web-based automated news publishing and content management system based on PHP and MySQL
    Wordpress - an open source CMS, often used as a blog publishing application, and is the most popular blog software in use today
Gary Edwards

WYMeditor - web-based XHTML editor - Home - 2 views

    WYMeditor is a web-based WYSIWYM (What You See Is What You Mean) XHTML editor (not WYSIWYG).

    WYMeditor's main concept is to leave details of the document's visual layout, and to concentrate on its structure and meaning, while trying to give the user as much comfort as possible (at least as WYSIWYG editors).

    WYMeditor has been created to generate perfectly structured XHTML strict code, to conform to the W3C XHTML specifications and to facilitate further processing by modern applications.

    With WYMeditor, the code can't be contaminated by visual informations like font styles and weights, borders, colors, ...
    The end-user defines content meaning, which will determine its aspect by the use of style sheets. The result is easy and quick maintenance of information.

    As the code is compliant to W3C XHTML specifications, you can for example process it using a XSLT (at the client or the server side), giving you a wide range of applications.


    Great colors on this Web site!  They have mastered the many shades of Uncle Ten's (the Chinese Brush Master, James Liu) charcoal blue
Gary Edwards

Analysis: Gartner's Emerging Technology Hype Cycle 2010: What's Hot and What'... - 2 views

    Great stuff.
Gary Edwards

Introducing discussions in Google Docs - Docs Blog - 2 views

    Wave has finally taken over gDOCS.  Entirely.  Are you paying attention Florian and Jason?  This is it.  Your ship has come in.  The final key for Google will be that of being able to work with native OOXML documents, in a Wave, without breaking them.  Round-trip of in-process compound business productivity documents is the last part of the puzzle Google needs to crack the mighty Microsoft monopoly.

    excerpt: "When we launched the new Google Docs last April, one of the big changes was moving comments to the sidebar and letting people reply to comments. Today, we're updating comments in Google Docs to facilitate rapid and seamless discussions and integrate with email in an intuitive way. Since there are a number of significant" improvements, this update is only available for newly created documents for now.
Gary Edwards

Major SugarSync for iOS update adds desktop-like features | ZDNet - 2 views

    Good review of SugarSync.  5GB free, reliable and stable copetitor to DropBox.  Excellent array of mobile platforms.  Better mobile file and folder management than DropBox.  Also blocked from China!  Thank you Sursen.  Amazon enters the Cloud sync-share-store space today with 5 GB free.
Gary Edwards

Needlebase - 2 views

    Move over FlipBoard and QWiki and meet Needle.  The emerging market space for automating the process of collecting Web information to analyse, re-purpose and re-publish is getting crowded.  
    Needle is designed to:

    acquire data from multiple sources:  A simple tagging process quickly imports structured data from complex websites, XML feeds, and spreadsheets into a unified database of your design.merge, deduplicate and cleanse: Needle uses intelligent semantics to help you find and merge variant forms of the same record.  Your merges, edits and deletions persist even after the original data is refreshed from its source.
    merge, deduplicate and cleanse: Needle uses intelligent semantics to help you find and merge variant forms of the same record.  Your merges, edits and deletions persist even after the original data is refreshed from its source.

    build and publish custom data views: Use Needle's visual UI and powerful query language to configure exactly your desired view of the data, whether as a list, table, grid, or map.  Then, with one click, publish the data for others to see, or export a feed of the clean data to your own local database.

    Flipboard is famous for the slick republishing / packaging process focused on iOS devices.  Allows end users to choose sources.

    QWiki takes republishing to the extreme, blending voice over (from wikipedia text) with a slide show of multimedia information.  Edn user does not yet have control and selection of information sources with QWiki.

    The iOS Sports Illustrated app seems to be the starting point for "immersive webzines", with the NY Times close behind.  Very very slick packaging of basic Web information.

    Flipboard followed the iOS re-publishing wave with an end-user facing immersive webzine packaging design.  And now we have Needle.

    Still looking for a business document FlipBoard, where a "project" is packaged in a FlipBoard immersive container.  The iPack would be similar to an iPUB book with the added featur
    Note: On April 12th, 2011 Needle was acquired by Google.
Gary Edwards

The Age of Visual Computing and the Open Web: Charlie Rose interview with Jen-Hsun Huan... - 2 views

    This is a must see discussion!!!! Especially if you've seen the Ted Nelson series of talks at Google. (Ted Nelson invented Hypertext, and continues to promote the XANDU view of highly graphical and interactive computing based on an advanced "digital" document model). Jen-Hsu fully embraces the sugarplum document model, dissing i a gentle way the legacy of x86 text-number processing designed to replace typewritters and calculators to produce the same printed document.

    Nvidia has also announced an ION based board optimized for the Google Android Mobile-Telecommunications OS!
Gary Edwards

Adobe Edge beta brings Flash-style design to HTML5 - 2 views

    While HTML5 developers are working directly with JavaScript, SVG, CSS, and other technologies, Flash designers enjoy a high-level environment with timelines, drawing tools, easy control of animation effects, and more. With Edge, released in beta Sunday, Adobe is striving to bring that same ease of use to HTML5 development.

    The user interface will be familiar to anyone who's used Flash or After Effects; a timeline allowing scrubbing and jumping to any point in an animation, properties panels to adjust objects, and a panel to show the actual animation. Behind the scenes, Edge uses standard HTML5. Scripting is provided by a combination of jQuery and Adobe's own scripts, and animation and styling uses both scripts and CSS. Pages produced by Edge encode the actual animations using a convenient JSON format. Edge itself embeds the WebKit rendering engine-the same one used in Apple's Safari browser and Google's Chrome-to actually display the animations.

Gary Edwards

HTML5 Can Get the Job, But Can HTML5 Do the Job? - 2 views

    Great chart and HTM5 App development advice from pinch/zoom developer Brian Fling!  

    excerpt: In a post on pinch/zoom's blog Swipe, Fling discusses the "Anatomy of a HTML5 Mobile App" and what developers will need to get started, what the pitfalls are and why HTML5 is so difficult.

    HTML5 is a lot like HTML, just more advanced. Fling says that "if you know HTML, then chances are you'll understand what's new in HTML5 in under an hour." Yet, he also says that HTML5 is almost nothing without Javascript and CSS. Device detection, offline data, Javascript tools, testing, debugging and themes are issues that need to be resolved with the tools at hand.

    One of the big challenges that developers face is the need to fully comprehend Javascript. That starts from the most basic of codes on up. Fling says that many developers cannot write Javascript without the aid of frameworks like Prototype, MooTools, jQuery or Scriptaculous. That would not be so much of a problem if all an application consisted of was functionality and theme, but the data and multiple device requirements of apps and working with the HTML5 code means that troubleshooting a Web application can be extremely difficult if a developer does not know what to look for in Javascript.

    Fling breaks down the three parts of the Javascript stack that is required in building HTML5 apps - hybrid, core and device scripts.

    Then there is CSS. Fling likens CSS to the make, model, interior and attention to detail of a car.

    "Javascript definitely influences our experience as well, but they are the machinations out of view," Fling wrote. "We absolutely need it to be there, but as any Top Gear fan can tell you - power under the hood doesn't always equal a powerful experience."

    So, HTML5 can get the job. But can it do the job? Fling says yes, but with these caveats:
Gary Edwards

The Fastest Way to a Drupal Site, from Acquia - Business White Papers, Webcasts and Cas... - 2 views

    This white paper will give you a small planning toolset and a few tips to help get you oriented. I'd like you to get a Drupal 7 website planned and online today, and the fastest way to get there is Drupal Gardens ( It saves you from the technical overhead and lets you dive into how Drupal works, exploring the administrative interface and learning how to organize content.

    Download - 10 pages.  How to set up Drupal 7, May 2011.  Acquia
Gary Edwards

Five reasons why Microsoft can't compete (and Steve Ballmer isn't one of them) - 2 views

  • discontinued
  • 1. U.S. and European antitrust cases put lawyers and non-technologists in charge of important final product decisions.
  • The company long resisted releasing pertinent interoperability information in the United States. On the European Continent, this resistance led to huge fines. Meanwhile, Microsoft steered away from exclusive contracts and from pushing into adjacent markets.
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  • Additionally, Microsoft curtailed development of the so-called middleware at the core of the U.S. case: E-mail, instant messaging, media playback and Web browsing:
  • Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates learned several important lessons from IBM. Among them: The value of controlling key technology endpoints. For IBM, it was control interfaces. For Microsoft: Computing standards and file formats
  • 2. Microsoft lost control of file formats.
    • Charles Simonyi, the father of Microsoft, and his team achieved two important goals by the mid 1990s:

      • Established format standards that resolved problems sharing documents created by disparate products.
      • nsured that Microsoft file formats would become the adopted desktop productivity standards.

      Format lock-in helped drive Office sales throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s -- and Windows along with it. However, the Web emerged as a potent threat, which Gates warned about in his May 1995 "Internet Tidal Wave" memo. Gates specifically identified HTML, HTTP and TCP/IP as formats outside Microsoft's control. "Browsing the Web, you find almost no Microsoft file formats," Gates wrote. He observed not seeing a single Microsoft file format "after 10 hours of browsing," but plenty of Apple QuickTime videos and Adobe PDF documents. He warned that "the Internet is the most important single development to come along since the IBM PC was introduced in 1981. It is even more important than the arrival of the graphical user interface (GUI)."

  • 3. Microsoft's senior leadership is middle-aging.
  • Google resembles Microsoft in the 1980s and 1990s:
  • Microsoft's middle-management structure is too large.
  • 5. Microsoft's corporate culture is risk adverse.
  • Microsoft's
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    Microsoft was nimbler during the transition from mainframe to PC dominance. IBM had built up massive corporate infrastructure, large customer base and revenue streams attached to both. With few customers, Microsoft had little to lose but much to gain; the upstart took risks IBM wouldn't for fear of losing customers or jeopardizing existing revenue streams. Microsoft's role is similar today. Two product lines, Office and Windows, account for the majority of Microsoft products, and the majority of sales are to enterprises -- the same kind of customers IBM had during the mainframe era.

    Excellent summary and historical discussion about Microsoft and why they can't seem to compete.  Lot's of anti trust and monopolist swtuff - including file formats and interop lock ins (end points).  Microsoft's problems started with the World Wide Web and continue with mobile devices connected to cloud services.
Gary Edwards

13 Free Software Alternatives to Save You Money: Coupon Shoebox - 2 views

    Good List for essential software apps.

    One of the ways that you can save a little more money is to look for free alternatives to software products. Outfitting your computer with the software applications that you need can start to become expensive. The good news, though, is that there are free options that can help you accomplish a number of tasks. Here are some thoughts on free software alternatives.
Gary Edwards

Google Notebook Alternatives and Similar Software - - 2 views

    Excellent list of NoteBook alternatives to Google Notebook.
Gary Edwards

SendWrite - The easiest way to send a card - 2 views

    It's Kristallnacht for the Open Internet, free speech, right to assemble, the rule of law, and probable cause.  SendWrie provides an easy to use means of sending digital letters to your congress critters.
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