Simon Willison’s Weblog

Friday, 22nd December 2006

html5lib (via) A python library for working with HTML5 documents. # 11:58 pm

WebFaction blog: BIG holiday present! (via) WebFaction offer Django/Rails/TurboGears hosting for $7.50/month, allowing one long-running process and 40MB of RAM for their basic plan. # 11:44 pm

The Daily Python-URL. Python’s number one news source, now powered by Django. # 11:39 pm

digg: Screencast: How to use OpenID. No exclamation mark this time—let’s see if it makes a difference. # 9:50 pm

OpenID screencast

OpenID’s biggest problem is its learning curve. Using it as actually really simple, but if you’re not technical the amount of stuff you have to know before you can understand it is enormous. If you are technical, it just doesn’t seem like it should work—there are a bunch of questions that come up every time OpenID is discussed anywhere (“but surely there’s nothing to stop someone else from spoofing your ID”) which OpenID has answers for, but which are easily misunderstood.

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Seems easy to me; if you want to serialize a data structure that’s not too text-heavy and all you want is for the receiver to get the same data structure with minimal effort, and you trust the other end to get the i18n right, JSON is hunky-dory.

Tim Bray # 12:47 am