The War Explained [en]

A warmonger explains war to a peacenik. Thanks, Mark.

PeaceNik: Why did you say we are we invading Iraq?

WarMonger: We are invading Iraq because it is in violation of security council resolution 1441. A country cannot be allowed to violate security council resolutions.

PN: But I thought many of our allies, including Israel, were in violation of more security council resolutions than Iraq.

You need to read the rest of it, now. Enjoy the laugh. Smart is funny, don’t you think?

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Constat [en]

Pense-bête [en]

Neuf fois sur dix, lorsqu’on m’appelle à  l’aide pour des problèmes de mise en page CSS, la source du problème est une mauvaise compréhension du modèle de boîte. Comme à  chaque fois qu’on me pose la question je m’embrouille, je me colle ici un petit pense-bête :

Illustration du modèle de boîte.

A retenir : width c’est la largeur utile de la boîte. Logique, non ?

Et n’oubliez pas : la référence pour contourner ce problème, c’est le box model hack. On l’aime ou on ne l’aime pas, mais on n’y échappe pas !

J’écrivais mieux « avant », hein…

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Développement web: Openweb ouvre ses portes [en]

Direction Openweb, tout le monde. Un site riche qui sera bientôt la référence francophone incontournable pour développeurs web. Lisez le communiqué de presse et plongez-vous dans les articles disposition !

Chapeau à  toute l’équipe. Je suis épatée et ravie.

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War [en]

I won’t talk about the war. You know I have trouble keeping up with politics even in normal times. So I won’t say anything about the war, particularly as the mere thought of it makes me feel positively sick. I’ll just send you off to read things that other people have written. Not necessarily the best, just those that I have picked up during the last half hour or so. Don’t forget to explore the rest of the sites if I just pointed you to an individual post.

No warblogs. I’m sick enough without reading what the likes of Charles Johnson and especially their commentors have to say (ok, I’ll admit there are more “readable” warblogs than his). Read Let Slip the Blogs of War instead. If you read French, read Michel Dumais: Le déclin des blogues américains.

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Parfum du jour [en]

Demain, c’est le premier jour du printemps. L’hiver aura été court. J’ai fait le plein d’habits de saison.

Le soleil brille, les perce-neiges sont bien installées en petites touffes blanches. Jonquilles et primevères tapissent le gazon autour des immeubles.

L’Université de Lausanne était en « grève de désespoir » aujourd’hui. Du coup, le dernier séminaire que j’avais à  présenter à  l’uni a été repoussé à  la semaine prochaine.

Ces jours, l’Afrique du Nord m’appelle. Cela a commencé avec le film « Loin » d’André Téchiné, lundi. Ni décision ni projet, juste une petite envie de voyage qui commence à  naître.

— Oui, je pense bien que ça veut dire qu’on est amis… 🙂

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Contraste [en]

Hier, avec Manou, on a refait le kata ensemble pour la première fois depuis notre passage de ceinture noire. Mis à  part le fait que les deux mamys avaient perdu leur belle forme physique de cet été, elles avaient de la peine à  croire qu’elles ne l’avaient pas retouché depuis bien plus de six mois. Sans les chutes, bien sûr—elle sa nuque, moi mes bras. C’était génial.

Demain, c’est très probablement le dernier jour de travail d’un de mes collègues préférés. Je ne sais pas quand ni si je le reverrai, après. Il va me manquer, je suis un peu triste.

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Validation and Errors [en]

Although neither do validate, we should not judge a valid page with errors as harshly as a page of tag soup.

For some time now, I have been meaning to clarify the distinction I make between markup which is valid with errors and that which is outright invalid. Yes, I know, in both cases it does not validate.

Take a page which would normally validate as xhtml strict, and insert some are errors into it, like an unclosed tag, an unescaped ampersand and maybe even (oh horror!) a couple of target="_blank" attributes. It does not validate.

Take tag soup. It does not validate either.

But there is a difference between the two, you’ll have to admit. Which is why I suggest calling one of them valid with errors and the other one outright invalid (or just plain invalid). This would also encourage us standards evangelists to be a bit more appreciative of the efforts of those who have gone through the trouble of cleaning up their markup and bringing it nearer to validation, compared to those who just don’t give a damn. As seen on various mailing lists and forums, they are often both greeted quite bluntly with the same “your page doesn’t validate!”

For me, the difference is the same as the one between a well structured text with correct grammar but a few spelling mistakes (it can happen to anybody, even to English teachers!) and a clumsy story with no plot or ending, filled with spelling mistakes, and approximate grammar which makes certain sentences unintelligible.

That might also help us respond to “anti-standards” people who go around sticking our pages in the validator and then say “Hah! it doesn’t validate, look, 50 errors, they’re as bad as we are!”

I’ll say it again: validation (with zero errors) is important. Your PHP or XML parser doesn’t care if there is one or 100 mistakes in your page: it can’t parse it. But we are human beings, and should give credit where credit is due. A “valid page with errors” is not as big a crime as tag soup.

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Redesign [en]

Totalement crétin [en]

Mat est enfin de retour avec Totalement crétin, une bouffée d’air frais à  consommer sans modération (bon, maintenant, au travail, Mat !)

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