A pedant that hangs out in the dark corner-cases of the web.

Saturday, July 31, 2004

Google's HTML

I've never looked at the HTML that Google produces before. What a mess! Why on earth would they still be doing this? Where is the WaSP?

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Nothing is really something in VB.NET

In VBScript, there were Empty (no value, initial value of all variables), Null (a third logical state), and Nothing (a non-object). IsEmpty, IsNull, and IsNothing tested for these values.

In VB.NET, Nothing is a keyword that actually means "default", and IsNothing checks for object assignment:

Public dt as DateTime

dt= Nothing
Console.WriteLine(IsNothing(dt)) ' FALSE!
Console.WriteLine(dt = #00:00#) ' True

The .NET docs imply that Nothing replaces Empty, though this is clearly not the case.

Friday, July 09, 2004

Mozilla 1.7.1, Firefox 0.9.2, Thunderbird 0.7.2

http://mozilla.org/

Due to a Windows flaw, Mozilla has released updated versions of its product line.

All that has changed is the network.protocol-handler.external.shell setting to false.

http://mozilla.org/security/shell.html

Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Is "web-based" misleading?

  • Should the FTC start prosecuting companies that advertise Internet Explorer-only products as "web-based"?
  • Should a legal definition for "web browser" require HTML and CSS support?

Opera 7.52

http://www.opera.com/