Roozbeh says I should talk to my boss and nominate myself to be Columbia University's secondary representative to the Unicode Consortium, since I have the uncommon good fortune of being at an institution that is a member, thanks to the Kermit project. It is an intriguing idea. I don't even see any other members that are universities: http://unicode.org/consortium/memblogo.html
New HTML Parser: The long-awaited libxml2 based HTML parser code is live. It needs further work but already handles most markup better than the original parser.
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