Infrequently Noted

Alex Russell on browsers, standards, and the process of progress.

Tabs with Images

My little contribution to Mark Pilgrim's CSS tab discussion.

I've kind of been sitting on this technique for some time now (4 or 5 months?), but Marks blog entry finally spurred me into doing something with it. Hopefully it'll be useful.

No Joy

I just spent upwards of 3 hours attempting to get a functioning Python XSLT processor installed on my box so I can continue brainFeed development. What a fucking mess.

To start with, the latest versions of PyXML supposedly provides an xslt module (derived from 4XSLT) with a sane programatic interface. Unfortunantly, when it does decide to compile, it segfaults whenver you try to create an XSLT Processor object, and if there's some implicit dependency on 4XSLT, the docs ain't talkin. Worthless.

As for 4Suite proper, it DOES compile and install without problems, only it's programatic interface is a steaming pile. Instead of:

from xml.xslt.Processor import Processor
ssText = open('styleSheet.xsl').read()
datText = open('myData.xml').read()
xslt_proc = Processor()
result = xslt_proc.runString(datText)

4XSLT makes you do this:

from Ft.Xml.Xslt import Processor
ssText = open('styleSheet.xsl').read()
datText = open('myData.xml').read()
xslt_proc = Processor.Processor()
result =

And no, those much longer interfaces don't appear to be documented. It took me an hour of reading source just to figure this much out. What a cluster.


Nothing left to do now but pray for our men and women in uniform.

And try to keep my mind off the queasy feeling that this could have -should have- somehow been avoided.


netWindows is licensed under the AFL.

Somehow this doesn't give me a warm, fuzzy feeling.

Here we go again...

0.3.0 Released

netWindows 0.3.0

Think of it as 194K of cross-browser, Signals and Slots based, degradable, themeable, extensible DHTML goodness.

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