Archive for July, 2002


Friday, July 26th, 2002

It seems we no longer have the “it’s good for us” excuse over alcohol. A London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Medical Research Council study says it only helps the old, so when you’re 85 and over, you can be pissed every day, of course you’ll have to remember where the pub is.

SVG Accessibility

Wednesday, July 24th, 2002

About a week ago, I decided that SVG was less accessible than Flash, neither are particularly accessible of course, but I held off on actually saying it in public, ‘cos it’s not really the done thing, but after some discussions on the svg-devlopers list I let the cat out the bag, it has not surprisingly got some peoples backs up.

So as suggested by Chris, I tried to address the deficiencies in my picture gallery and therefore make it more accessible. I’m pretty happy with the result, some longdescs are the only other things I think I really need, but they are time consuming to create.

Mozilla Accepts…

Monday, July 22nd, 2002

I got an email today about the javascript FAQ, they were requesting I change the link to the DOM FAQ because when accessed with Mozilla it returns an XSL stylesheet due to content-negotiation. This demonstrates 2 problems, firstly that the W3 DOM are pretty silly serving up an XSL file as a representation of the FAQ.

More importantly though it shows up a serious bug in Mozilla in prefering random XML representation over a text/html one. Mozilla appears to send headers which include “text/xml,application/xml,application/xhtml+xml,text/html;q=0.9″, this says give me xml over text/html (the text/html has a lower q value.). The problem here is that most content served with an XML content type is not readable by humans so Mozilla having a preference for XML does nothing to help its users. The Mozilla bug about www-DOM FAQ page, has this as a Tech-Evangelism bug, rather than a browser one.


Monday, July 22nd, 2002

So yesterday I ran the Elmbridge Road Runners 10k - I was a bit disappointed coming home in 48:19, my second fastest 10k ever, but I really wanted to break 48 minutes.

A more accessible jigsaw

Thursday, July 18th, 2002

The web accessibility folks had a face2face in Linz, and they looked at a couple of my SVG demos to see if they could be made accessible. The jigsaw puzzle is the one where I think there’s at least a chance - so I had a go at creating a more accessible jigsaw. It’s not accessible, but it’s better. (www-wai-gl post on the subject).

Yahoo’s filtering

Thursday, July 18th, 2002

Okay, so I’m reading codestore (no idea why, I don’t have anything to do with domino, but he does say some stuff about SVG.) and I found this new scientist report on yahoo’s filtering. It’s interesting that it creates new words, but what’s worrying is how simplistic the security is, they reportedly filter “eval” to “review”, which suggests that eval is a problem. There’s lots of ways to include malicious script, and I’d suggest you dump yahoo into a security zone where script is disabled until they can prove their filters are up to scratch.

In the beginning…

Thursday, July 18th, 2002

Well, I’m getting old, my memory’s going, so I thought I would try and find out if a blog will do as an artificial memory. The advantage of this experiment is it will definately be successful - if I blog it, I’ll remember and if I don’t I won’t remember that I forgot.