Simon Willison’s Weblog


Saturday, 23rd November 2002

Get the look

Adam Polselli is a talented young designer who posts regularly on the SitePoint Forums. Get The Look is his new site (based on an article he wrote for SitePoint) which provides five excellent site templates and explains the design principles that were used to create them. I’m personally not interested in free site templates (though with my terrible design skills I probably should be) but the site is well worth visiting for the excellent advice provided with each design.

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Information wants to be free

In Apple and the Pirate Everyman, Tom Coates discusses Apple’s attitude to copy protection and open standards. Choice quote:

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Brian Graf has some very positive things to say about Mimeo, an innovative new web services based company in the States:

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Joe Gregorio’s RESTLog is a fascinating piece of technology and a great example of the RESTian model of web service in action. Everything is built on XML and HTTP—new blog entries are POSTed to the index page as RSS 2.0 item elements, edits are done with the little-used HTTP PUT method and the DELETE method can be used to delete items. Content negotiation is in effect, so browsers recieve HTML while aggregators theoretically get RSS (though in practise existing aggregators fail to send a content negotiation header so an alternative URL scheme must be used). It’s very clever stuff. Further techie details are being posted on a regular basis, but a good overview can be had by reading RESTLog Overview and RESTLog Interface. The system was inspired by the RESTWiki’s RestidyingBlogger.

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Aquarionics is Gone (well, not entirely—the old site can still be found here). Aquarion has committed to building his new blogging system, Epistula 2, and vowed not to add any more entries until the new system is capable of taking them. Development of the new system will continue in the open at, which is currently throwing an HTTP 500 error but is likely to be an interesting place to watch in the next few days.

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