connolly's blog

Shopping for a client-side blogging editor

Submitted by connolly on Mon, 2005-10-31 14:58. ::

Requirements that at least one tool has failed:

  • blockquote (-gnome-blog)
  • lists (-gnome-blog)
  • intra-page links (-b2evolution editor)
  • @@cf IntegrityIsJobOne (firefox; most thru-the-web tools)
  • single-gesture paste link (+evolution composer -gnome-blog)
  • linux support
  • ma OS X support


  • real-time preview
  • direct-manipulation editing
  • open source. might be a requirement

Oops... I think I'm confusing thru-the-web editing tools with client side tools. see tinyMCE module for drupal.

see also: authoring bookmarks, ImmersiveHypertextEditing

PHP angst

Submitted by connolly on Mon, 2005-10-31 14:20. ::

The features of the systems that people build with PHP cannot be deined. We're pretty committed to drupal for this breadcrumbs blog.

I doubt I'll be doing much hacking on it, though. In part that's a good thing... hacking on your publishing infrastructure can be a real distraction. It's best to be a plain old customer some times.

But I can't get rid of the feeling that I'd rather we weren't using PHP. Neither PHP nor javascript meets the unambiguity requirement that I think is critical for software engineering in the large.

earlier entries on this theme: advogato 10 Jun 2005, 29 June 2005. Hmm... repost some of my older entries? Or rewrite them as new entries here? Decisions, decisions.

tags pending: dev? coding? software engineering? architecture?

I'd rather be...

Submitted by connolly on Mon, 2005-10-31 14:03. :: | |

skipping rocks
Originally uploaded by DanC.

... skipping rocks.

This post is prompted by a desire to test the flickr posting mechanism, but I do love that photo. Mary took it at the CSAIL offsite meeting. Walking in the park is another of my favorite moments from that trip.

The posting mechanism has a glitch... the body text got mangled with the title. I had to clean it up manually.

This is also a policy aware web use case, since I had to give my breadcrumbs password to flickr to get this to work. Does OpenID solve that problem, or do we need something more flexible?

Reflecting blog structure into the Semantic Web with SIOC?

Submitted by connolly on Mon, 2005-10-31 13:18. :: | |

After ryanlee's cool hack to repost wordpress items to drupal via the blogger API, Eric M. asked if Ryan had seen SIOC. I took a quick look; I can't find an example that has all the details like the xmlns declarations worked out.

Fire at Southampton... hope everything's alright soon

Submitted by connolly on Mon, 2005-10-31 11:59. ::

Fire at Highfield campus... Fire destroys top research centre ...

Good to hear the SemWeb people aren't effected[sic] -- folks in #swig

SteveH says they lost most of their networking infrastructure. He's got photos.

DIG blog wish list

Submitted by connolly on Wed, 2005-10-26 19:14. ::

I'd like to...

  • integrate my delicious bookmarks into this blog, at least selected tags. I'm not alone; there's a module.
  • tag these posts with RelTag
  • expunge "blog" from this site. "journal" is just fine, no?

This post should be tagged "navel gazing" or "meta" or the like. Prolly shouldn't go on the front DIG page done: tagged drupal; unchecked the "promote to top" option.

update: another note on integrating stuff

little burst of PAW demo hacking

Submitted by connolly on Wed, 2005-10-26 19:12. :: | |

After a cwm/paw dev meeting we had a nice #swig hack-n-chat.

On OpenID and comment policies

Submitted by connolly on Mon, 2005-10-24 22:28. :: |

Writing to this journal involves Yet Another Password. Sigh. Oh for OpenID support in drupal. Some folks seem to be working on it.

Of course, if our policy aware web project gets anywhere near where we hope to go, it should provide enforcement for very flexible policies.

What's a good comment policy?

  • You can comment if your homepage has pagerank>K
  • You can comment if any of my friends say you can comment

Hmm... I'd like something a bit more scalable. I wonder if the advogato trust metric can be distributed. I seem to remember some distributed time protocols that were robust up to massive collusion, but I looked hard for them in citeseer and couldn't find them.

postscript: Karl notes Russell Beattie on Anonymity. I'm not sure I agree that most people are anonymous by default. I think that by default, people identify themselves whent they speak, but they don't speak to very many people. Until the last few generations, most people lived out their whole lives in the same city and never spoke to anyone outside that city.

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