October 6, 2003

99 and 44/100% not like ass.

Filed under: digital — mhoye @ 5:31 pm

Ok, mostly done.

Just about everything is sorted out here, with the possible exception of the archived-by-date stuff, which I haven’t properly templated yet. Other than that, everything that I’ve written seems to be here. While I tried to make this as humane as possible, I’m sure that an entire colony of links was killed off by the introduction of Movable Type into my sensitive weblog ecosystem. Most stuff should still work, though.

One thing I’m never, ever going to do again, though, is format anything that might ever be considered data in any way that isn’t as least as easy to machine-parse as it is to eye-parse. Christ, doing this kind of thing even fractionally by hand is icky and gross. Yuk.


  1. Welcome to the Information Age, already in progress.

    As for machine-parsing: This is why XHTML and CSS are good things.

    Comment by Mike Kozlowski — October 6, 2003 @ 10:13 pm

  2. A-bloody-men to the machine-parsable bit. I try to structure all of my web-destined data at a couple of different levels: the stuff should be well-formed and easy to parse with a full-blown XHTML parser, but – more importantly for everyday gruntwork – it’s also very easy to parse with straight [non-greedy] regexes and a simple line-by-line state machine, such as what can be coded in four or five lines of (sed|awk|perl).

    Laboriously manipulating data one small chunk at a time is why $DEITY created middle management and the tools they have inflicted on the world. Nuts, and a healthy phallic reference, to that.

    Comment by Gnomon — October 6, 2003 @ 10:33 pm

  3. Yeah, yeah. XML doesn’t have an exclusive lock on ease of parsing, and this had a lot less to do with the technology than it did with my own lack of foresight.

    Comment by mhoye — October 6, 2003 @ 10:45 pm

  4. I heartily applaud the move, particularly the RSS export part. Plus my browser’s (notably substandard) CSS engine can actually display this layout properly.

    Comment by Nikita — October 7, 2003 @ 1:12 am

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