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[I have deliberately blanked my user page, in protest at not being allowed to decide what it contains. See my last edit for the content I would wish it to have]
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At least if I put something here, I won't keep seeing my name as a red link...
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==My background==
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Having programmed machines with paper tape and punched cards (at a very young age!), I'm glad to see things have moved on a little. I gave up programming many years ago, but have been involved in the design and management of pioneering, large-scale websites in the UK's public sector since 1994.
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I am a published author and journalist - but (as anyone who's corrected my 'tyops' will tell you) I can't type.
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I am a trustee, and webmaster, of the [http://www.westmidlandbirdclub.com/ West Midland Bird Club].
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==Web for all==
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I believe strongly in adherence to web standards, making web pages as accessible as possible, to everyone, and that it's important to communicate using the simplest language necessary, to convey ideas clearly. Hence [[what-are-microformats#Andy_Mabbett|my proposal for a brief description of microformats]].
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==My microformats interests==
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I am the proponent of:
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*[[luna]]
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*[[mars]]
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*[[species]]
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and have reactivated the previously-proposed:
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*[[currency]]
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Other pages I have created:
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*[[criticism]]
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*[[firefox-extensions]]
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*[[hcalendar-intro]]
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I have published microformats on:
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*[http://www.westmidlandbirdclub.com/ West Midland Bird Club] including:
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** [http://www.westmidlandbirdclub.com/diary/ Diary events pages] et seq (hCalendar)
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** [http://www.westmidlandbirdclub.com/new.htm What's New] (hAtom)
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** [http://www.westmidlandbirdclub.com/club/contact.htm Contact Details] et seq (hCard)
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==Browsing==
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I usually surf with whatever is the latest formal release of [http://www.mozilla.com/ FireFox], using far too many extensions (including [https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/2240/ Tails Export]), under Windows XP, on a 20" or 17" monitor at 1280x1024 resolution.
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I use FireFox's live bookmarks and the Sage extension, to view hAtom feeds.
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==Censorship==
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I object strongly to the [http://microformats.org/wiki?title=faq&diff=0&oldid=9568 removal of this answer], from the [[faq|FAQ]]:
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===Q. ''How will microformat class names impact page size?''===
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A2. Possibly quite considerably, especially if your original data doesn't make use of, or only has few, class names.
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For example:
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<pre><nowiki>
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<tr class="X">
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<th scope="row">Friday 3<br>
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7:30&ndash;9:30pm</th>
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<td><abbr class="wmbc" title="West Midland Bird Club">WMBC</abbr> <a href="../solihull/indoor.htm" title="Solihull Branch indoor meetings">Solihull Branch indoor meeting</a>.</td>
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<td>Solihull College, New Lecture Rooms, Blossomfield Road, Solihull B91 1SB (SP142790).</td>
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<td>Steve Smith: The Farne Islands and the Bass Rock.</td>
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</tr>
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</nowiki></pre>
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vs:
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<pre><nowiki>
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<tr id="D20061103a" class="vevent X">
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<th scope="row">Friday 3<br>
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<abbr class="dtstart" title="2006-11-03T19:30:00+00:00">7:30</abbr>&ndash;<abbr class="dtend" title="2006-11-03T21:30:00+00:00">9:30</abbr>pm</th>
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<td class="summary"><abbr class="wmbc" title="West Midland Bird Club">WMBC</abbr> <a class="url" href="../solihull/indoor.htm" title="Solihull Branch indoor meetings">Solihull Branch indoor meeting</a>.</td>
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<td class="location vCard"><span class="fn org">Solihull College</span>, <span class="adr"><span class="extended-address">New Lecture Rooms</span>, <span class="street-address">Blossomfield Road</span>, <span class="locality">Solihull</span> <span class="postal-code">B91 1SB</span></span> (<abbr class="geo" title="52.4095; -1.7921">SP142790</abbr> >).</td>
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<td class="description">Steve Smith: The Farne Islands and the Bass Rock.</td>
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</tr>
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</nowiki></pre>
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That's 399 characters increased to 860; over double.
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==Overall==
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...I'd rather be out bird-watching.

Revision as of 17:48, 9 December 2006

At least if I put something here, I won't keep seeing my name as a red link...

My background

Having programmed machines with paper tape and punched cards (at a very young age!), I'm glad to see things have moved on a little. I gave up programming many years ago, but have been involved in the design and management of pioneering, large-scale websites in the UK's public sector since 1994.

I am a published author and journalist - but (as anyone who's corrected my 'tyops' will tell you) I can't type.

I am a trustee, and webmaster, of the West Midland Bird Club.

Web for all

I believe strongly in adherence to web standards, making web pages as accessible as possible, to everyone, and that it's important to communicate using the simplest language necessary, to convey ideas clearly. Hence my proposal for a brief description of microformats.

My microformats interests

I am the proponent of:

and have reactivated the previously-proposed:

Other pages I have created:

I have published microformats on:

Browsing

I usually surf with whatever is the latest formal release of FireFox, using far too many extensions (including Tails Export), under Windows XP, on a 20" or 17" monitor at 1280x1024 resolution.

I use FireFox's live bookmarks and the Sage extension, to view hAtom feeds.

Censorship

I object strongly to the removal of this answer, from the FAQ:

Q. How will microformat class names impact page size?

A2. Possibly quite considerably, especially if your original data doesn't make use of, or only has few, class names.

For example:

<tr class="X">
<th scope="row">Friday 3<br>
7:30–9:30pm</th>
<td><abbr class="wmbc" title="West Midland Bird Club">WMBC</abbr> <a href="../solihull/indoor.htm" title="Solihull Branch indoor meetings">Solihull Branch indoor meeting</a>.</td>
<td>Solihull College, New Lecture Rooms, Blossomfield Road, Solihull B91 1SB (SP142790).</td>
<td>Steve Smith: The Farne Islands and the Bass Rock.</td>
</tr>

vs:

<tr id="D20061103a" class="vevent X">
<th scope="row">Friday 3<br>
<abbr class="dtstart" title="2006-11-03T19:30:00+00:00">7:30</abbr>–<abbr class="dtend" title="2006-11-03T21:30:00+00:00">9:30</abbr>pm</th>
<td class="summary"><abbr class="wmbc" title="West Midland Bird Club">WMBC</abbr> <a class="url" href="../solihull/indoor.htm" title="Solihull Branch indoor meetings">Solihull Branch indoor meeting</a>.</td>
<td class="location vCard"><span class="fn org">Solihull College</span>, <span class="adr"><span class="extended-address">New Lecture Rooms</span>, <span class="street-address">Blossomfield Road</span>, <span class="locality">Solihull</span> <span class="postal-code">B91 1SB</span></span> (<abbr class="geo" title="52.4095; -1.7921">SP142790</abbr> >).</td>
<td class="description">Steve Smith: The Farne Islands and the Bass Rock.</td>
</tr>

That's 399 characters increased to 860; over double.

Overall

...I'd rather be out bird-watching.