Category: Rants

[Photo: Brendan Eich]

April 3, 2014

Consequences and the Mozilla announcement

I have very mixed feelings about the Mozilla announcement today. I’m sure that Mr. Eich is a nice enough guy in person, and smart enough to be respectful of everyone he encounters face-to-face, regardless of their sexual orientation or personal relationships. And yet still…

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April 25, 2013

DRM at the W3C? Not such a Bad Idea.

Recently, another fear-mongering, not-quite-correct anti-DRM article was posted over at FreeCulture.com. Entitled “Don’t let the myths fool you: the W3C’s plan for DRM in HTML5 is a betrayal to all Web users”, it is another attempt to “Rally-the-Troops” against Premium Content Protection (also referred to as DRM), the W3C’s Encrypted Media Extensions (which is NOT DRM), and a general tsk-tsking and call to action to pressure the W3C to abandon this effort, all in the name of “The Open Web”. While passionate and earnest, the author seems to be operating on a number of fallacious assumptions that need to examined in closer detail.

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April 3, 2013

Related to Bug 854848 – Support the longdesc attribute

Talk about a sore loser… With respect to the Mozilla bug-tracker (where I originally wrote this, and then counted to ten – err, rather 8 before changing my mind), here is my original unvarnished response to Ian Hickson’s comments.

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March 19, 2013

Better, but…

Roughly 3 years ago (late April, 2010) I wrote a Rant entitled ‘A Letter to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary’ where I got all hissy about the fact that the transcripts of the invited experts to the Hearing on Achieving the Promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act in the Digital Age were posted in inaccessible PDF files: big giant pictures (the most evil of PDFs)!

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January 5, 2013

Everything Old is New

While the history of the web as we know it has a short timeline (when it comes to history), there is enough of a timeline now that we should be able to learn from our past mistakes. As George Santayana (1863 -1952) wrote in 1906, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.“.

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