Friday, 30 January 2004
We're getting there!
Today, the IESG approved
Core Internet Draft as IETF Proposed Standard. Hooray!
XMPP, or the Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol, is the
IETF formalisation of the protocol upon which Jabber is based. XMPP is currently being
defined by 4 draft documents, of which XMPP Core and XMPP IM are the most
important ones. Having these documents as Proposed Standards is a major
milestone for the Jabber community, and, expecting XMPP IM to reach
Proposed Standard status soon, one big step into the wide adoption of
I want to congratulate everyone involved with Jabber with this
approval, and especially stpeter because all his
hard work on these documents is finally starting to pay off.
Wednesday, 21 January 2004
Enhancing stylesheets to match
As I mentioned before,
the sources of this blog are in Docbook XML. I try to mark up my
texts with as much semantics as Docbook gives me. Every now and then,
just like today, I use tags which are not recognised by my stylesheet
yet. For my previous entry, I added
How do you pronounce that?
Thanks to hildjj, the only word I've picked
up from the State of the Union so far, is the word
nuclear. Apparently a hard to pronounce word, but it also
difficult to display the pronounciation in my browser.
If you have recent Unicode fonts installed, you should be able to
see the above. It didn't render correctly for me, and after a bit of
searching, I found the Junicode
font set which contains the right glyphs for the combining
diacritical marks such as the
MACRON, also known as
Placing the fonts in
fc-cache and restarting my browser worked nicely for
Now if only a certain president would read this...
Tuesday, 20 January 2004
Lighting up the Dark Continent
Yesterday, the brand new Jabber Africa Foundation launched its
public Jabber server, for the benefit of (southern) Africa.
Still, looking at the the Jabber World Map,
Africa was the only continent without any presence. So I signed up the
Executive Director of the Jabber Africa Foundation, Bruce Cohen, to be the first, with
hopefully many to come.
Tuesday, 6 January 2004
As stpeter mentions in the
issue of the Jabber Journal,
it has been 5 years since the Slashdot
story on 4 January 1999, in which jeremie announced the existence of
Jabber. To all involved with
Jabber since then: congratulations!
Although I wasn't involved with Jabber at the very beginning, my
years of experiencing Jabber have been pretty exciting. I have seen
Jabber grow, attract lots of both developers as users, and I even helped
develop Jabber Enhancement protocols. Just like stpeter and hildjj
I find it intellectually stimulating to think of (new) uses of Jabber.
Everywhere. I hope to think of, and test out, more of that the coming
year and beyond.