Thursday, July 26

Congratulations everyone on finishing your XML projects! I don't have much to add to the weblog this week but I did find one final article about some possible future advances with eBooks. Hope everyone enjoys their break and finds time to do something fun!
Here's CSS Check that I promised to put up on the weblog.

Wednesday, July 25

As I struggle with xml and it's handmaidens, it helps me to remember why this could be/will be so useful. has an very clear article on this--relating to css especially--that I think everyone might enjoy: "Style Sheets: Why Should We Care?"
[And if my link fails--go to's site directly look for this featured article (or "search" their site for the title)].

Sunday, July 22

Reading Chingsen's entry about an xml weblog inspired me to search too. There doesn't seem to be a lot--I was hoping for a discussion of xml issues or the latest news. Still, you might want to look at Weblog Madness 's xml links; and . You can look at the xml of Eugene Pervago's Weblog by clicking the little button on the left (marked "XML"). None, however, are as useful as Chingsen's links. [p.s. I really enjoyed Sara's links below (7-22-01).]
As the last week of summer school appears on the calendar, I though you might enjoy a site that provides an excellent study break. Thanks to Neat New Stuff on the Net, a link to a site dealing with poorly designed products, enjoy.

Saturday, July 21

I find a web log for xml The log is not very frequently updated but still have some not-bad links.

Friday, July 20

Kristine, in response to your question on the weblog, yes the New York Public Library is the place to go. Well, maybe I should say it's the place to go when you have to go. Last time I was at one of the branches was when I needed to use the restroom. Perhaps that's more information than you wanted...
Here's a link to an article I got from the Library Stuff weblog about a Russian programmer who was arrested for allegedly distributing software used to make illegal copies of electronic books. Interesting to think about. Hope everyone has a good weekend.
Well, apparently the link I tried to put in here doesn't jive with this log, so here is the address anyway. It's about the Internet filtering law that requires public libraries to have filters on their Internet terminals. Pretty interesting. Hope you all have a good weekend!
Sorry about that last entry. I don't know what happened. Here's the posted by Kristine at

I've been really enjoying watching my Rogue Librarian weblog develop over the weeks. It seems that no subject is sacred and I appreciate the humor the 'rogue' puts into her log entries. She seems to really paint up the New York Public Library. Has anyone been there? Is it truly THE place to go? There's a quote from Natalie Portman about the NYPL on the site and she seems to think it's "really fun." Maybe I should check out NYPL's website sometime and find out. Here's an interesting thing about the posted by Kristine at

Thursday, July 19

This has nothing to do with XML or anything class related, but if you are interested, the Pass the Hat Players are putting on Fiddler on the Roof in Manchester this weekend, Friday at 7pm, Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 4pm. Just a little plug since I am in it. It will be at Tirrill Park (yep, outside) so if you do come, bring lawn chairs or a blanket and maybe some bug spray. There are no tickets to buy, but we do pass a hat during intermission if people would like to donate. We don't make you contribute, but we do ask that you don't take money out of the hats as they go by. Have a nice weekend.

Tuesday, July 17

For anyone who is familiar with Dr. Seuss' Lorax, this may be an interesting piece to read, just to get your mind off XML for a little while. (thanks to Follow Me Here)

Monday, July 16

Everyone's been telling about their weblog site, so I thought I'd post an interesting entry from the blog, Thinkingland , I've been following. This blog always surprises me, and while it's not library connected, I always feel it's worth my time (even if I don't agree...). This entry was posted today by posted by Heather Easterday:

The linked article [A Nobel dream | Cape Cod Times ] tells an inspiring of Gunter Blobel. Blobel may be one of the most acclaimed scientists in the world, but he finds himself consumed by a task far removed from his work at the Laboratory of Cell Biology at Rockefeller University. Blobel is haunted by an image from his childhood.

At the age of eight (in 1945), he and his family fled Russian troops and moved to Saxony in Germany. As they arrived in Dresden, the young boy was taken with the city's beauty and architecture. The Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) especially captured his interest. One week later, the city was destroyed during the final days of WWII.

The boy eventually defected to the United States where he became an acclaimed cell biologist, winning the 1999 Nobel prize for medicine. As he accepted the Nobel prize, he surprised the scientific world by announcing he would use his $1 million prize money to aid in rebuilding the Frauenkirche. Today, along with his scientific research, he serves as president of The Friends of Dresden (an international organization committed to restoring the historic cathedral).

What makes a person dedicate so many resources to a building destroyed over 50 years ago? How can an individual commit his life to restoring beauty he only knew for less than a week? For Blobel, the beauty of the Frauenkirche influences every aspect of his work as a scientist. He tells his students. . .
Be imaginative. Be creative. Search for inspiration from beautiful things. . .The structure of the cell is like the structure of a beautiful building. There is beauty in both, in the building blocks, in the lines.

The Frauenkirche is more than a childhood memory, it is the theme running through all of Blobel's work. What theme runs through your work? What inspires you to press forward when seemingly destroyed?

Sunday, July 15

Over the past eight weeks I have been consistently checking out the web log, Neat New Stuff on the Net and would like to take this opportunity to share it with you. Neat New Stuff is a weblog that is published weekly and contains a list of inks. Many of these links are somewhat random, pertaining to a wide variety of interests and there are several sites each week that provide interesting sources of amusement or arcane knowledge. Included in this list are 3-4 links that pertain to library's in general on such topics as current events, what's going on with the publishing of journals, policies at different libraries and what libraries across the nation are doing. This site is layed out nicely with a list of the sites and then the links to the different archived weeks at the bottom of the page. The host also provides links to other projects she is involved in at the side of the weblog if you want to find out more about her and her interests.

I would like to add an interesting addenda to this. After I finished writing the above, I ran it through the spell checker Blogger provides and the word "weblog" is not in its database.

Friday, July 13

Anne has already told you about Library Stuff so I thought I would just supplement her information. I have been following it as well. What strikes me most about this weblog is the variety of information. It appears that if it happens in, around or on a library, Mr. Cohen will tell you about it. If it happens to a librarian, he'll tell you about it. It is fascinating to me that there is such a wide range of information found here. I appreciate the simplicity of the site as well. It is also nice to have a general idea of what you are linking to based on the context of the phrase around it.
Back to the ebook discussion, this is an interesting article regarding the implementation of ebooks in libraries. It looks like access to information doesn't mean much without marketing that information to your patrons.
Now that we are all in the full swing of our XML projects, I found this great tutorial that gives some pretty good hints on how to create your DTD. It goes a little farther than the book, so it might prove useful for us as we put together our rough draft DTD this weekend for Wednesday. Here's the tutorial . Hope it helps!!

Thursday, July 12

I really liked the brief article Chingsen recommended (7/12/2001): Media-Independent Publishing: Four Myths about XML I loved his beginning: "MYTH 1: XML IS A CONSIPIRACY LED BY MICROSOFT. XML is a conspiracy, but not Microsoft's."
Hi, I think there is a weblog about xml, xslt, weblog etc. More Like This Weblog -- Meta: XML It is part of website. Also, there is an article about the concept of XML: "Media-Independent Publishing: Four Myths about XML." The article is not talking about the hype of XML as a myth but clarifies some misunderstandings about XML.


Wednesday, July 11

I thought I would take this opportunity to tell you a little about the library weblog I have been following, Library Stuff. This weblog features articles which would be of general interest to librarians and other individuals fond of books. Almost every day, the site's creator, Steven Cohen, provides a handful of links (along with a brief comment) to articles of interest. The site is very easy to navigate and maintains a simple and uncluttered appearance. I like the fact that Mr. Cohen provides personal information about who he is and what he does for a living (he's an assistant librarian at a law firm). Overall I find this to be a nice site to visit every few days to get a look at what's going on in the world of library and information science. Visit it sometime and see what you think.

Tuesday, July 10

I haven't done any searching re: XML, my brain doesn't like it. But I did find an article that was interesting regarding free access to medical journals for poor nations. Just a bit of info of interest.
Did you know there is a magazine devoted to XML? I came across it today at Barnes and Nobles (in the "computer section"). It's called "XML" Journal (Sys.con Media) and it has a lot to offer the beginner, including a new series for the novice "XML Tutorial: Getting Up to speed with XML." That and more--all for $4.99 an issue (which of course must be less for a yearly subscription).

Friday, July 6

I did a search on XML through and came up with a ton of useful information. I will provide some links to those I found of interest in a little bit. The number of sites dedicated to XML leads me to believe that it is indeed an up and coming way to publish electronically. Here are the links I talked about earlier. XML and W3C Architecture Domain . One of these is from W3C, the organization Clint mentioned yesterday in class. Hope you find these useful!