31 Mar 2004 dyork   » (Master)

Sickness - Entering Two Weeks - Tomorrow marks two weeks that I will have been sick and, for the most part, out of work. The longest time I have ever been out of the office because of sickness. Went back to the doctor today and was given a very strong anti-biotic... hopefully this will help within the next couple of days. Also had a chest x-ray to see there is something more going on there. I'm very tired of this.

Small Caps - haruspex: Ah, thanks for the pointer to your older message. No, I hadn't seen it. Ah, gotta love browser issues. The small caps actually look quite nice (to me) in MSIE on Windows XP and I don't see them in Safari on MacOS 10.2 (which is Safari version 1.0.2). With that version of Safari, it does the proper HTML thing of ignoring tags or attributes that it doesn't understand and simply shows it as mixed upper and lower case.

That was the behavior I was hoping for - show small caps on systems that support it and "fail gracefully" to mixed upper/lower on systems that don't. It sounds like a new version of Safari must now attempt to support small caps... and from your comments obviously doesn't do a very good job of it.

In any event, thanks, haruspex, for the comments. It's nice to think about typography again, given that it (typography) was such a huge part of my life for the 5 years or so in the early 1990s when I was teaching people all about using FrameMaker and it continues to be something that intrigues me, even if I don't work with it much these days.

MoonV6 - Interesting to see that my alma mater is very involved with moonv6. Good to see... and it is an interesting group of participants. It sounds like they all are doing good work to move IPv6 along.

The Death of the DocBook Wiki - I was surprised to see that the DocBook Wiki has died. As Norm eloquently stated:

Repeated, automated vandalism has killed this wiki. Scripts can destroy this faster than hands can fix it.

Don't know exactly what happened, but it's very sad to see.

CSO Magazine and CERT Security Capability Assessment Tool - Saw this interesting survey/tool sponsored by CSO Magazine and CERT. Nicely done survey. It should be helpful to many people.

Book Review - Was pleased to learn that a book review I wrote will be picked up by the Linux Journal. Not sure of when, or whether it will be in the print or online edition, but it was nice to get that news.

A Special Place In Hell Is Reserved For DVD Designers - If I believed there was such a place as Hell, I would also believe that there would be special places reserved there in Hell for certain classes of individuals. One such class would be all of those people responsible for the overly long intros to DVDs before you can actually play the DVD movie.

They obviously don't have toddlers. When you are a parent, you don't care if the butterflies flit through the fields on the way to showing you the menu... or how beautiful the coral reef may look... all you care about is STARTING THE MOVIE! We want to stick in the DVD, press "Play" and have the movie appear. That's it. We don't care if you want to show off your animation skills... we just want the dang movie to start!

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