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October 14, 2002

Standards or Soup?

Hot on the heels of the Wired redesign comes two little essaylets on web standards. Steve Champeon explains why you need to follow the standards to the letter, and Dave Winer explains why you don’t. If I can focus my mind enough, I’ll write up my thoughts on the subject. (hint: I’m in Steve’s camp)

Internet Bookmobile

This review of the Eldred arguments also starts out with a piece about a visit to Brewster Kahle’s Internet Bookmobile. This has got to be one of the most fabulous things I have heard of, ever. Travel the country in a van with an Internet connection, letting people download, print and bind public domain works. This is something that needs to be built into every library in every town across the country.

Brewster Kahle is a fucking genius, hands down. First the Internet Archive, now this; what’s next?

Optimistic

Larry Lessig seems cautiously optimistic in this rehash of Wednesday’s oral arguments in the Supreme Court Eldred v. Ashcroft case. I’ve read notes from others who were less optimistic about the outcome. I’m certainly not in any position to make a prediction. I guess it’s still some time before a ruling comes out in this one, and everybody’s going to be holding their breath and hoping until then.

Also: The NYT’s stand on the issue.