Evan Williams recently noted that people often
to the print-friendly version of an article, suggesting that their smaller,
less encrusted with advertising nature makes them easier to read. He also
suggests that on-line magazines may take steps to prevent this, for whatever
reason. (And probably not the step of not having a separate printer version.)
Certainly, the simplicity is a big part of why I do it, but there’s also
the issue of sites that split articles into multiple parts. I generally
prefer one big file to a bunch of smaller ones, especially if they’re
More on domains
Having referenced John Gilmore’s argument against
it’s only fair to note this response from Joe Sims,
who writes that Mr Gilmore “doesn’t have a clue about most of what
he is talking about”. At this point, I’ll freely admit that I don’t know
enough about the situation to judge who makes the better argument. I
will say that it’s amazing how much bureaucracy has been built up around
what should be a fairly straightforward process. (via
The best suggestion I’ve seen for bringing sanity to the domain
name system involves getting rid of generic
top-level domains, which solves many of the problems. A big part of the
cybersquatting problems (real and imagined) comes from the fact that com has
such a cachet. If there were dozens or hundreds of top-level domains run by
different registrars, then someone who couldn’t register mycompany.verisign
could get mycompany.isc or something. One might object that this makes it
difficult to figure out what domain a company has, but that’s the case
today as it is. In the future, search engines will make “good” domain
names less important.
Date and time
I’m working on a standard way to present information about weblogs,
and one of the pieces of information is the date that a post was published.
I naturally gravitated towards the recommendations given in the
W3C date and time note, which defines
a profile of ISO 8601, the international standard for representing
dates and times.
While poking around, I came across two good articles explaining what
ISO 8601 is about, by Markus Kuhn
and Jukka Korpela.
They do a pretty good job explaining what the standard is and why we would need one,
so I won’t take space here to go into detail here.