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Google I/O

May 31, 2008 | jeffreybarke

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The Google I/O opening keynote. Source: YouTube

Also, the slides from Steve Souders' talk on high performance Web sites are available at http://stevesouders.com/docs/googleio-20080529.ppt

Jeffrey Barke is senior developer and information architect at theMechanism, a multimedia firm with offices in New York, London and Durban, South Africa.

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Google I/O

May 29, 2008 | jeffreybarke

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Google I/O 2008 Sorry, would love to write more, but completely beat after four hours of sleep and an intense day learning about the latest Google projects. Until I'm able to write a wrap up, check out my photos and audio from the keynote and some of the sessions. (Note—the audio quality might be poor. These are unedited recordings made from the audience using an .mp3 recorder)

Can We Get There From Here? by Alex Russell

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Secure Collaboration—How Web Applications can Share and Still Be Paranoid by Mike Samuel


Improving Browsers in New Ways: Gears++ by Chris Prince

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Jeffrey Barke is senior developer and information architect at theMechanism, a multimedia firm with offices in New York, London and Durban, South Africa.

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Introduction to microformats

May 23, 2008 | jeffreybarke

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Introduction to microformats at the New York Web Standards Meetup Group 22 May 2008 Notes and links from last night's discussion of microformats at the New York Web Standards Meetup Group. Thanks to everyone who made it!

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During the meetup, someone asked if there was a microformats validator. I replied that I wasn't sure, but I believed there was a validator in Operator. It turns out the answer isn't so simple.

From All in the <head> by Drew McLellan:

With microformats, however, we're embedding a dialect inside HTML. Whilst it's easy to spot items that are part of that dialect, it doesn't hold true that anything not recognisable as being of that dialect is an error. To take an example for hCard, I might have an image with a class name of photograph as part of an hCard block. The official class name from hCard is photo, but that doesn't mean that a value of photograph is an error—it's just not something we're looking for.

Operator does not contain a full microformats validator, however it does have a debug mode:

Debug mode provides a number of different options for people developing microformats as well as RDFa and eRDF. A new action is added called "Debug." For microformat developers, this action provides access to the internal representation of the microformat, the HTML source that created the microformats, and for hCards and hCalendars, the vCard/iCalendar representation from both Operator and Brian Suda's X2V. For RDF developers, the debug action provides a representation of the RDF triplets. RDF developers can also access the model when in debug mode.

Another feature of debug mode is that invalid microformats are displayed in the menus. When they are clicked on, they display the same information as standard debug, but provide an additional pane that gives the reason that the microformat was invalid.

Drew McLellan has written a microformats lint tool: rel-lint is a bookmarklet that checks the value assigned to the rel attribute of links.

Our next meetup is 26 June 2008. It will feature Adam Detrick (TheStreet.com) presenting "IE Root," a technique using conditional comments to target IE without making extra calls to the server or using CSS hacks, and Jeffrey Barke (theMechanism) discussing what the WAI-ARIA (Accessible Rich Internet Applications Suite) is and how to use it. RSVP

Jeffrey Barke is senior developer and information architect at theMechanism, a multimedia firm with offices in New York, London and Durban, South Africa.

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Microformats at the New York Web Standards Meetup tonight

May 22, 2008 | jeffreybarke

From: The Programming Mechanism

The New York Web Standards Meetup Group will be meeting at theMechanism on 22 May 2008 (tonight!) at 7:00 pm to discuss microformats, a set of simple, open data formats built upon existing and widely adopted standards.

Attend the meetup to learn what microformats are, why they were created, and how to use this simple technology to make data on webpages more easily indexed, searched, and cross-referenced

22 May 2008 . 7:00 pm
theMechanism
440 9th Avenue 11th Floor
New York, NY 10001 [map]

Please contact us if you’d like to present at the July or August meetup.

Jeffrey Barke is senior developer and information architect at theMechanism, a multimedia firm with offices in New York, London and Durban, South Africa.

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