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Web person at the Imperial War Museum, just completed PhD about digital sustainability in museums (the original motivation for this blog was as my research diary). Posting occasionally, and usually museum tech stuff but prone to stray. I welcome comments if you want to take anything further. These are my opinions and should not be attributed to my employer or anyone else (unless they thought of them too). Twitter: @jottevanger

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Odds and sods

IBM posting on New elements in HTML 5 . WhatWG and W3C moving closer to HTML5, also known as Web Applications 1.0. I'm wondering if there will be an XHTML version of it, though, since evidently it's not planned to be XML-compliant itself (no need to close elements, for one thing). I'm not sure I understand the logic of that. Anyway, it's clearly making progress and I wonder what effect (if any) it will have on current microformat efforts, not to mention our CMS (MS CMS 2002 is no longer available and presumably won't be updated - it's been replaced by SharePoint Server 2007. Will the placeholder controls for the latter be usable in the former, and if so does this mean we'll be able to use HTML5-compliant versions if and when they release them for SPS2007?)
A good expression of some of the doubts and opportunities of 3d worlds WRT education as expressed by Tony Hirst on OUseful Info. Applies equally to the cultural heritage sector.
Nick Carr responding to Eric Schmidt of Google's somewhat reluctant attempt to define Web 3.0. As Carr sees it, the apparent disparity between the Semantic Web meaning of w3.0 and Schmidt's conception of it (a web where it is super-simple for people or machines to build apps dynamically from modules and data in the cloud - close to where we are now with Gears, Pipes, PopFly etc.) is not a real disparity.
JISC report on the challenges of shifting HEIs to XML-based office documents, and the importance of some guidance right now, as Microsoft brings native XML to Office 2007