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Christopher James Willcock

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Category: Communication

Microsub and the new reader evolution by an author (skippy.net)
I was an avid Google Reader user.Β  When it shut down, I started hosting my own RSS reader: first tt-rss, and later miniflux. I very much liked being able to subscribe to sites and read them at my leisure. I also appreciated not having my reading habits tracked or quantified. I had maybe two dozen f...

Trying to wrap my head around microsub, and this article resolved many parts into a whole. Kudos!

Order Out of Chaos: Patterns of Organization for Writing on the Job by Richard Rabil, Jr. (alistapart.com)
there are foundational principles and patterns of organization that are relevant to any professional who must convey technical information in writing, and you can adapt these concepts to bring order out of chaos

For later study.

Semantic Interoperability

Semantic interoperability - Wikipedia (en.wikipedia.org)
… concerned not just with the packaging of data (syntax), but the simultaneous transmission of the meaning with the data (semantics).

When elements from independent systems of semantic interoperability appear within the same document, the semantic compatibility of the independent systems is the measure of their non-interference.

HTML and CSS have very good semantic compatibility, often appearing together in the same document.

This is on my mind lately as I consider the compatibility of web application sources with microformats, while building a utility to help identify any aspects of the web application sources which interfere with the desired interoperability embodied by microformats.

I currently describe my pre-release project as: “A utility which checks webapp sources for compatibility with microformats semantics”. Based on the foregoing, I’m considering changing the description a little. At the end of the day, the work is the program that helps find the issues in the code. I’m hopeful that someone with greater comfort discussing the topic will help me to gain some confidence in how I present the program. So long as it is providing some useful and desired outcome, I’ll be working on it for awhile longer. Hopefully work to benefit more than myself!

The working title of my project is Triage. Source code is available at the link. I posted to IndieWeb chat (#wordpress) awhile back that I would publish source as soon as it does something useful. I’ve got the core command-line utility there and it will identify semantics (and syntax) issues in CSS files. It will be a little while before I have a web-based interface to make this available to a wider audience. From there I’ll look to add other languages (HTML, PHP, JavaScript).

Semantic Compatibility in Communication

Understanding Semantic Compatibility in Communication (acrwebsite.org)
… while attention may be paid to insuring that descriptions or attributes within a target message reflect those things most likely to be meaningful to the target receiver, very little, if any, consideration seems to go into possible interactions among those descriptions or attributes.

A brief paper which discusses the oft-unconsidered problem of semantic compatibility among attributes chosen to describe one object.