» Wired News has redesigned
. I won't get into an analysis of the redesign itself, but it is very exciting that Wired has taken a hug step towards accessibility, the separation of content and structure, and web standards
by coding the new look with XHTML for markup and CSS for presentation. The site does not validate (due to middleware issues beyond control, on which Zeldman has the poop
), but remember monkeys, validation is not the end all and be all. Read more here: A Site for Your Eyes
. And soon expect a great DevEdge
interview with Douglas Bowman, the man behind the redesign, by Eric Meyer
Mark Pilgrim rewrites Clay Shirky's
In Praise of Evolvable Systems
(which explains that the Web is so successful because it is so "poorly" engineered) to explain the success of RSS
is a spam blocking utility
that harnesses the collective power of all its users to identify spam and filter it into a spam folder when it arrives at your computer, and it makes me wish I still used Outlook as my email client. Yesterday I received a typical 100+ pieces of spam mail, which quite frankly is more spam than a single person should be asked to bear.
Clay Shirky on Weblogs and Publishing
This destruction of value is what makes weblogs so important. We want a world where global publishing is effortless. We want a world where you don't have to ask for help or permission to write out loud. However, when we get that world we face the paradox of oxygen and gold. Oxygen is more vital to human life than gold, but because air is abundant, oxygen is free. Weblogs make writing as abundant as air, with the same effect on price. Prior to the web, people paid for most of the words they read. Now, for a large and growing number of us, most of the words we read cost us nothing.
And I say "yay!" Weblogs are not a commercial commodity, and the world is a better place for them. Perhaps weblogs can help popularize the old-fashioned notion that the value of a thing is not determined by its retail value.