Author Archives: scottbw

DOMImplementation hates HTML5

This doesn’t work: In fact, it just silently fails to add any child nodes. No exceptions, nada. This gives the same result: But *this* does work: Gah!

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HtmlCleaner 2.8 is out

Its the first release of 2014, and its got a nice patch from Rafael that makes it run a lot faster (who knew that just checking whether a String is a valid Double in the XPath processor would cause so … Continue reading

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5 lessons for OER from Open Source and Free Software

While the OER community owes some of its genesis to the open source and free software movements, there are some aspects of how and why these movements work that I think are missing or need greater emphasis. 1. Its not … Continue reading

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Why CKAN’s datastore_search_sql gives you a syntax error, and how to fix it

If you’re using the DataStore extension with CKAN, one of the first things you’re likely to try is to execute a SQL query on your data. However, you’ll likely see something like this: [“(ProgrammingError) syntax error at or near \”-\”\nLINE … Continue reading

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Sign and encrypt your email. Please.

(This was prompted by the news that Groklaw is shutting down, in large part due to concerns over conducting business by email now that there is no legal or constitutional protection for its privacy. You can find out more about … Continue reading

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Metadata

Well this whole Prism business has been quite interesting from a personal perspective, especially this “metadata” business. A long time ago, though not actually that far away from where I am now, I worked as a junior technical writer at … Continue reading

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Phishing for peer reviewers

Today I got an email from the ICL 2013 conference: Dear Scott Wilson, This is a short reminder for you to complete your reviews for the ICL/IGIP 2013 Conference. Overall 2 submissions were recently assigned to you for reviewing, 2 are … Continue reading

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HtmlCleaner 2.5 is out!

Yesterday we released HtmlCleaner 2.5, which fixes up a few bugs, and also has a rewritten DOCTYPE handler based on the latest guidance issued with HTML5.  

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Open Source Meets Open Standards

I’ve just published a post over on the OSS Watch team blog on open source and open standards, introducing a new OSS Watch briefing paper on the topic. This is where my CETIS and OSS Watch roles cross over! The … Continue reading

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Understanding Glass: An SF perspective

When the IPhone (and later the IPad) arrived the first things people started comparing it to were things like the movie Minority Report for its interface, and also to the technologies used in Star Trek, with its many glossy black … Continue reading

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