Saturday, 26 August 2006

More Status

For various reasons I'm not going to Australia today, probably not at all. I'll be at work most of next week trying to catch up on things.

Tuesday, 22 August 2006

Out Of Action

I had to go to hospital on Friday to have an abcess drained, and I'll be recovering from the surgery for some days. And next week (26th-September 4) I'll be in Australia for a holiday. So overall I'm going to be hard to reach for a while; my apologies.

Update If you need something from me, say a review, that is critical and needs to be done in the next week or two, email me directly. I don't have the energy to properly triage my bugmail and review queue.

Sunday, 13 August 2006

What's Wrong With The SVG Working Group

... is summed up in one email from Chris Lilley, the W3C Graphics Activity lead and Chair of the SVG Working Group.

The current draft of SVG 1.2 Tiny defines <svg:a target="_self"> to work in a way that's incompatible with the de-facto standard implemented by all major browsers for the HTML <a> element. It is, apparently, compatible with the W3C's WebCGM Recommendation. Chris Lilley writes (to Boris Zbarsky, as it happens):

You have not explained why de-facto behaviour of some implementations of
one specification should have primacy over well specified, implemented
behaviour that is already in several Recs for two languages which are
compatible with one another.

Apparently it isn't obvious to Chris Lilley why the behaviour expected by millions of Web authors, Web documents and installed browsers (from a variety of vendors) should have primacy over a behaviour used by approximately no-one but which happens to be enshrined in a W3C specification (for a different format).

Wake up, W3C. We need you and this kind of nonsense isn't doing anyone any good.

Wednesday, 2 August 2006

Sweet Sorrow

My trip's almost over and I'm sitting in a hot, dingy New York motel room mulling it over.

Overall it's been wonderful. So many old friends and new friends, so much fun, so much talking, so many ideas, so many places, it's thrilling.

But my heart is heavy... These New York days and hot summer nights, cicadas in the trees, the IBM lab, waiting at the familiar North White Plains station, walking again on our old street with our old house, and spending time with dearly loved friends, they bring back such strong memories --- some two years old, some ten. Good memories. I wish we could have stayed here forever with snow and trains and fireflies.

But then there are other friends who I love just as much, in Boston and Pittsburgh and California. I want to be with them too, while we can still pretend we're young. I'm so glad --- and sad --- to have spent a little time with some of them in the last few weeks.

Most of all I want to be back in Auckland with my family and friends, and back at work doing what needs to be done. God willing, in a couple of days I will be.

How maudlin. I need to ride out this nostalgia and thank God for all my friends and every moment I have with them, making the most of the time. Anyway, to all of my friends out there --- thanks, you mean so much to me.