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March 26, 2007

T minus 1 day and counting

I'm currently waiting in Las Vegas airport (surrounded by slot, aka, poker, aka fruit, machines), for a long long flight home to Sydney via Los Angeles. Due to that weird effect of the date line, I'll miss the 26th altogether, the day my first whole book, on Microformats, comes out.

We've made available some of the content of the book, two appendices (PDF) which are effectively extensive microformats references, and Chapter 4, on the geo and adr microformats, which will hopefully give you a flavour of how the book works, and th ekind of content you can expect thorughout its 330 plus pages.

So go grab a copy of each - and let us kow what you think. I'll be getting the Appendices online in HTML format as soon as I can (as part of "know your microformats")

And of course, you can pick up a copy of the book at Amazon, and very soon your nearest technical book store.

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March 19, 2007

Microformats the book - 1 week to go

Readers may know that for the last few months I've been hard at work on a book on microformats. It will be the first book entirely dedicated to microformats on dead trees (there's an O'Reilly shortcuts PDF book by Brian Suda, who happens to be the tech editor of my book, as well.)

The official publication date is one week from today, March 26th (it's the 19th here in Australia as I write this.)

The book covers every currently widely used microformat in detail, both coding with HTML, and styling with CSS (including CSS3 techniques). There are also detailed case studies of Cork'd, and several Yahoo sites which make extensive use of microformats.
It's a very practical book, so you'll come away with the know how and skills you need to use microformats in your own projects, while the appendices are in effect a detailed reference of all current microformats.

Be the first on your block to own a copy ;-)

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March 12, 2007

Semantics in HTML Part III - Toward a semantic web

Over at microformatique, I've just posted the third in my series of articles on semantics in HTML - a look at future developments in HTML semantics.

The articles attempt to address the issue of semantics in HTML in detail. What really is “semantics” in the context of the web, and more importantly HTML? Where does the semantics of HTML come from? Where will further developments to the semantics of HTML come from?

Hope folks might find it interesting (proof that some of us are hard at work while others go bowling ;-).

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March 10, 2007

To all at SxSW

To my friends, colleagues, compadres, and all at SxSW - enjoy, and remember those of us keeping the internets going while you all have a great time.

And feel free to pimp my book ;-) (sexier site design coming)


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March 08, 2007

Upcoming speaking - IA Summit and Web 2.0 Expo

Despite not getting to SxSW this year (in fact, because of other speaking engagements), I've got a number of presentations coming up over the next 6 weeks.

First up, at IA Summit in Las Vegas, from 23-26 March., I'll be doing a one day workshop with Thomas Vander Wal (be great top catch up with him again), Karen Loasby and Margaret Hanley on Designing with Structured Data, my part of the day is a hands on microformats session, then a conference session WebPatterns: design patterns in web site architecture and User Interaction (yes, I am still working away on that project).

Then, a couple of weeks later, at Web 2.0 Expo, I'll be talking about microformats. There's also a barcamp style conference running in parallel, which I am sure I'll get involved with.

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March 05, 2007

Becoming a speaker

Mery Williams who started the Make me a speaker wiki the other day has been doing some interviews with speakers, about how they stumbled into the whole thing well, that's how it was in my case). It's over at the wiki now.

Great work on this Meri (the site that is)


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I suck less/rock more than Ruby

Suck or rock crossed my path the other day - it scours the web for references to a word (I don't think it does phrases) and tries to determine whether the refrence is a positive or negative one - then gives the word a rating based on that.

So, for a laugh, I put in my surname.

We Allsopps Rock!


(waiting for people to start gaming this now ...)

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March 01, 2007

Speaking at Conferences

In a great practical step, someone (I can't find out who - anyone know?) has set up a wiki to help people develop as conference speakers. If you'd like mentoring, or want to offer your skills as a mentor, or any advice, head on over, and contribute.

My simple advice is to

1. develop expertise others will appreciate
2. practice. do a podcast. video yourself, do screencasts with voice overs.
3. got a blog? start one. Really focus it on something you love, an area you feel you have something to offer others in (believe me, talking from experience, you don't have to be the world's expert, just know an area well and communicate what people need to know)
4. go and speak at barcamps. Theyare sprining up everywhere. I notice that women are very unrepresented at barcampsyndey, on this week - no one can lay the blame of that on the organisers - anyone can go and speak!

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