Archive for May, 2003

JPEG baby

Saturday, May 24th, 2003

JPEG baby is a love song to a jpeg baby from the strange Australian chap Tim Ireland who’s presumably bored of attacking Tony Blair with pornography, and now want’s to change the government with dodgy Flash graphics.

Actually of course it’s another of his “can weblogs …”, or more generally simply improving his exposure to the good linkage karma on the web, for the more professional side of his life.

JPEG baby is of course only available in flash, he should do a version in SVG of course, not because the tech would be superior - althought it could do everything in the flash just as well, and maybe better - but simply because the comparison between the two methods would get him a lot of exposure on the web.

406, what’s the point?

Saturday, May 24th, 2003

I modify my IE so as to send an Accept-Header clearly indicating that it doesn’t understand application/xhtml+xml. This seems wise as it doesn’t and most people will also offer up a non-XHTML representation of their content.

Terje Bless’s “homepage” only provides an XHTML representation, which rather annoyingly for me, Apache decides to send rather than a 406 response. This seemed odd, but it’s apparently completely fine: RFC 2616 section 10.4.7 says:

Note: HTTP/1.1 servers are allowed to return responses which are not acceptable according to the accept headers sent in the request. In some cases, this may even be preferable to sending a 406 response. User agents are encouraged to inspect the headers of an incoming response to determine if it is acceptable.

I don’t understand why some useless document is preferable to a 406 with a list of available representations (so I can choose a different UA), but apparently it is - it doesn’t seem to help the usefulness of HTTP ACCEPT headers though.

Gazelles

Wednesday, May 14th, 2003

If you’re looking for a picture of a Gerenuk, you can get one Page on Gerenuk’s