Category: Development

Spicy Noodles: “As you may know, we have been working on localization support for Manila. Over the weekend, I finished the first iteration of the German localization. If you would like to help test and review it, please send me email for a pointer to our test site.”

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Today, I did a bunch of work on DHTML menus. It was a major pain in the ass, but I managed to get little arrow-shaped graphics into menu options which have submenus. I can barely believe how difficult it is to design complex user interfaces in DHTML. Simple stuff is — well, simple — but complex things (even if they conform to common user interface standards) seem to just suck the life out of you. When will the browser guys get their act together? This stuff is ancient history in any other application framework.

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I’ve been doing more work on menus today. I’ve got the Mac-look for Macs working on my machine – that was easy… But I’m still having trouble figuring out how to get the menus to timeout on their own, and disappear, without having to click somewhere else in the browser window… I’ll get it yet, but it’s frustrating me at the moment.

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Take a look at the job offerings Mac Publishing is making in their online department. Here’s a quote: “Candidate [for the Web Developer position] should have experience with Perl and/or any of the following: PHP, Web Objects, JSP, JavaScript, HTML.” No mention of Frontier at all, even though that’s their primary CMS, and it also runs their search engine.

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“A regular consumer wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between a legitimate DVD movie and one compressed using the new scheme, which is called DivX… What’s more, a DivX-compressed movie is about 400 times smaller than its DVD counterpart, ranging from 600 to 750 megabytes.” I call ‘bullshit’. Firstly, what’s a “regular consumer”? Is that something like “regular” gasoline? Secondly, being someone who’s worked extensively with video compression technology, I’d have to say there’s almost no possibility of fitting a full-length feature film into 750MB, without serious quality degredation. 3Mb/sec is just about the minimum bitrate for NTSC quality video.

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“We’ve been working on a new feature for Frontier’s website rendering framework, pulldown menus… The menus behave just like you would expect a pulldown menu to behave… When you click one of the menu items, the browser follows the link defined for the menu option.” The site made #91 on the top 100 list yesterday.

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Dave is off to Amsterdam this Saturday for WWW9. will be meeting him there. I wish I were going too. It’s been too long

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Brent worked hard last night to close a security hole in Manila. No doubt, there are more, but what software is ever fully secure?;): Smile!

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