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July 27, 2012

Two HTML Standards Diverge in a Wood
Scott Gilbertson, WebMonkey, July 26, 2012.

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There has been a longstanding tension between the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and various broowser vendors over the development of web standards. As usual, the vendors want to implement new features right away, and W3C wants to wait and seek consensus first. This has been aggrevated by the use of browser-specific tags for styling (such as moz-border-image and dozens of others). Now the much-awaited HTML5 specification is splitting between these two camps. But it's better not to see this as a parting of the ways. “The WHATWG effort is focused on developing the canonical description of HTML,” writes Hickson on the mailing list. “The W3C effort, meanwhile, is now focused on creating a snapshot developed according to the venerable W3C process.”

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Brian Lamb, Abject, July 26, 2012.

Brian Lamb catches the right note here, I think: "Help me to help myself as I try, likely in vain, never to refer to or think about these essential human acts as mere “content”. I suspect part of what increasingly creeps me out about this field is how much talk of TheFuture is about models, strategic partnerships, branding, platforms and how the ostensible purpose for all this activity gets lumped together as content, or data. An afterthought at best."

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Introduction to Responsive Open Learning Environment
Alexander Mikroyannidis, Cloudworks, July 26, 2012.

Alexander Mikroyannidis writes, "I delivered a seminar about Responsive Open Learning Environments on July 18 at the Open University. The seminar introduced the core concepts behind the ROLE project and gave a chance to participants to try out some of the technologies developed by the project. The podcast of this event is available at [here]. The online resources used during this event can be accessed from [here].

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Michael Wesch: Conversation on WizIQ
Nellie Deutsch, YouTube, July 26, 2012.

Michael Wesch is always worth spending an hour to listen to. This is "a recording of a live online conversation on WizIQ education online with Professor Michael Wesch on learning and life of vulnerability and living to the fullest." My main complaint would be that the static photo is too large and the video and scrolling comments in this WizIQ recording are too small.

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Meet Squirrel, the Image That’s Also a Webpage
Scott Gilbertson, WebMonkey, July 25, 2012.

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OK, I don't know how to do it yet, though I've been prodding around the edges of this intriguing mystery. Here's a photo of a squirrel. If you click on the photo, you get a page describing the photo of the squirrel. The very same file is both an image when embedded and a web page when viewed through a browser. I imagine it has something to do with combining files - I tried using the same technique described here, to combine a zip file and a jpg image - but it didn't work. But it's probably something pretty simply like that. Inquiring minds want to know more.

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