7 Mar 2004 Ankh   » (Master)

habes, I don't think I'd go so far as saying that a 3-column layout is a holy grail for CSS. If there is a holy grail I suspect (I'm not involved directly with the CSS Working Group) that it's supporting, simultaneouly, clear and effective communication and Web pages that work on any number of devices at the same time, something especially hard to do with tables. A secondary (but very important) goal must also be supporting the idea of domain-specific markup directly, thus helping people to re-use the information that's in their documents.

Of course, from the perspective of the Architecture Domain in the W3C, and particularly the XML Activity, CSS doesn't just apply to (X)HTML, but also to XML in general. There's an overlap with XSL/FO (formatting objects) and another with SVG, especially now that the SVG Working Group is adding wrapping text support.

Mandelieu (near Cannes in France) might sound like a wonderful site for meetings, unless you are familiar with all-day technical meetings and you know that you don't get to go out of the hotel very much. I go back to Toronto tomorrow morning.

We have just had the W3C Technical Plenary, where all the Working Groups meet in the same place, so that you get to have lunch, dinner, coffee with people from other Activitis and Working Groups, and get a chance to understand their needs. It's a good idea and seemed to go very well this time, although the four-day XML Query meeting has been a little gruelling!

Tim Bray mentioned me in his blog, on hearing that i was married; the interesting thing about this is that the visitors to my Web site from his mostly looked at pictures of me (is that the person I met in...), at my text retrieval package, and at my list of technical/XML/Web books. People from Advogato are more likely to look at my pictures from (and of) old books, and most especially at the scans of old books in many languages rather than (say) pictures of Castles. It's quite a strong trend, although I'm not sure if it means anything.

If you're wondering, I track this with a CGI script I wrote a long time ago that presents the Apache referrer log in full detail, but in a more readable way, with sessions groups together. I didn't make a distribution but a few other people use the script, so mail me if you want a copy.

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