Archive for May, 2006


Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

I’m tired of “favicon.ico” entries in error_logs of my sites, so I’ve decided to fix this problem.


printing slides

Friday, May 26th, 2006

For important texts, I prefer to print them on paper and read in peace. The last time I did it was for the XTech 2006 slides. Unfortunately, I didn’t find how to print several slides on page in ooimpress, so I implemented a workaround:


XSieve slides and remarks

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006

The slides of my XTech 2006 presentation “XSieve: extending XSLT with the roots of XSLT” are online as PDF. The paper is available as HTML and PDF.

I got a positive feedback after presenting XSieve. But why I’m not blogged? I sure I mentioned something worth noting or discussing. For example:

* If we implement an XML transformation library in some traditional language, we get a poorly re-implemented XPath and XSLT.

* Buzzword candidate “gestalt entity”.

* S-expressions and XML are different, incompatible creatures.

* XML virtual machine as Scheme plus SXML.

Meanwhile, I’d like to say thanks to Eric van der Vlist. I borrowed a laptop from him for the presentation.

What I disliked most during XTech, it’s absence of printed proceedings. It’s a great fault. But probably I’m the only one who needs it.

going to XTech 2006

Monday, May 15th, 2006

I leave the home today and go to Amsterdam. The bad news is that I can’t take my notebook with me, so Developers Corner might miss TeXML. I hope I’ll be able to borrow a notebook at the place, but the probability of this solution is low.

the Bad Thing in xsltproc

Thursday, May 11th, 2006

Yet again, I’ve been affected by an xsltproc bug. If the result is empty, then the output file isn’t changed. As result, sometimes chained transformations continue with the wrong data. It is reported to libxslt bugzilla, but, unfortunately, it’s WONTFIX.

google xml

Wednesday, May 10th, 2006
$ xmllint --noout namespace error :
  Namespace prefix o on p is not defined
<o:p/>We've been collecting suggestions ...

conference checklist

Tuesday, May 9th, 2006

XTech conference starts 16 May, today is 9 May. Time to prepare. I’ve searched inet for “conference checklist” and, surprise, found near nothing. Anyway, I was able to compile something useful.


open office format

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006

I think the specification is enough to convert Open Office documents, but the books also might be useful:
* OASIS OpenDocument Essentials
* XML Essentials

Are Stylus Studio spammers?

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006

The most popular type of postings in xml-dev starts with “[ANNOUNCE] Hello Everyone, Stylus Studio has just…” And now I found them in my Russian-speaking (!) forum. Now I’m in doubt. Should I say kudos to their marketing department, or should I treat them as usual spammers?


Monday, May 1st, 2006

LuaTeX is an extended version of pdfTeX using Lua as an embedded scripting language.