A Standards-Compliant Publishing Tool for the Rest of Us?

by Jeffrey Zeldman

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  1. Well, not sure what happend to my last post (zapped), so I’m now in ‘can’t be bothered to re-type full post so you get potted version mode’. Hurrah.

    My comment – which I’ve e-mailed directly to Anil – is that it would be great to get more contributions for standards-compliant templates. A bit of community collaboration would be cool.

    Anyway, great to see ALA back. Let’s hope that it’s back in full steam now that JZ has put down his quill for a while.

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  2. whew.
    I am glad to see ALA back, disappointed to see that its not a technical article. that’s pretty much what I said. I think we’ve become accustomed to the usual tech stuff, so an interview about a particular product does seem off the usual path, and somewhat commercial.
    Perhaps what some people are looking for is more of a discaimer about the purpose of the article, in the article itself – not the forum, such as the stated value to show that companies are moving toward standards. Instead, we’re met with “Lately the community has been buzzing about a soon-to-be-released Six Apart product…” So of course some people feel a bit sold, since we’re pretty much a guaranteed audience.
    On the other hand I wondered if this site is on the cusp of becoming a full-fledged webzine, in which case, we could probably expect good technical articles and interviews, as well as product reviews. It is a bit underground, what with its indeterminate frequency and topics.
    This is, however, free content, and I’m sure Z et al. are well aware that the ‘free’ tag doesn’t stop the complaints, but perhaps anybody with time and good writing skills can request to write an article for ALA, and I doubt the editors would be too unhappy. Free for us costs time and money for them. Not to mention, ALA could likely have more frequent and diverse articles if people are willing to submit, if, of course, ALA is willing to accept.

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  3. most of the CMS being talked about here is released onder the GPL. These people put in their free time to deliver a free product… and a damn good one as well. So thank typepad, textpattern, pmachine, photostack and wordpress.

    It is good to talk about these type of tools. Tool are efficient and when they create valid xhtml and css files they make my day. Talking about them informs us about choices we have and might not know about.

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  4. Tim, all work and no play!! (http://www.alistapart.com/stories/typepad/discuss/#ala-1885) I’ll not work for you mate.

    V – keep on poncing

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  5. Does TypePad use Smarty Templates? If not, how would I change the skin and placement of all the different objects?

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  6. “These people put in their free time to deliver a free product… and a damn good one as well. So thank typepad,”

    TypePad will not be free, and I’m not sure about the GPL license.

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  7. good to see blogging software working towards standards compliance. this comes a couple of days after Blogger’s new system went live, dumping all browsers except IE6.0 into “simple mode, because your browser doesn’t support standards”. i hope they sort that out…

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  8. Damn – it’s not like they’re getting paid off by some corporate giant… whys everyone so grumpy? Its a good tool developed with good intentions… and it’s an improvement over many of the other available options. Perhaps it’ll even be accessible… which is more than most can say.

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  9. Can anyone get ahold of your code you use here for your forum? I like it but cant seem to figure it out on how you got it working? Is this somehting that you will share with me or not?

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  10. Ok so didnt add a name or nothing so thought I would do a follow up post here, and no I am not trying to get the forum for myself I mean if you want to share the code with everyone cool, but I would like to have it so I could use it. I do like it, simple, clean, and to the point.

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  11. Advert? Maybe. But honestly, seeing that ALA hasn’t been updated since November or so I don’t mind seeing anything new on this site, advert or not.

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  12. Is this not the lamest ALA article ever?

    If it was open source then I could at least form some semblance of a flimsy link between this and “the Rest of Us”. As it stands there is not even a free version planned so thanks for the recommendation on how to spend my money.

    Now, can someone point me to the ALA article about Dreamweaver MX support for XHTML?

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  13. they’d shut up about how wonderful and standards-oriented and all TypePad will be and just work on getting the thing out the door and available, heh. I have a fistful of $$$ waiting to be spent on TypePad, but it sure looks like it’s never going to arrive . . .

    I want to send them money. Where’s my TypePad?

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  14. an on-topic, free article on a designer/developer site with no ads that finally starts publishing again incurs the wrath of the blogsphere. maybe those with the wrath should find a more underground resource to visit.

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  15. If anyone would like to read some actual content, can I suggest you head on over to:

    http://www.evolt.org/

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  16. Mena discusses some secret new features of TypePad.
    http://www.dollarshort.org/archives/000881.html#more

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  17. Despite the bit of repetition I noticed in the article, the article was very helpful and I think Six Apart will do very well with TypePad. Though I was a bit unsuccessful in my attempts in install MovableType, I would like to try TypePad someday.

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  18. Could not read this article bexause the lines merge together if I go ALT t-o-e-z to bypass the stylesheet and increase the text to MEDIUM on Win98. If that iis what ‘standard’ means, than heaven help people with reading disabilities.

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  19. jo,
    to overcome this troubles get yourself the free MyIE2 plugin for Internet Explorer
    (http://www.myie2.com, some other plugins do the trick as well)

    You’ll be able to zoom in and out using Ctrl/+ and Ctrl/-,
    zooming will apply to text and graphics, CSS will get overridden;
    Mozilla1+/Netscape6+ offer the same feature.

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  20. “These people put in their free time to deliver a free product”
    I don`t think TypePad will be free …

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