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Archive for June, 2005

new Technorati

Monday, June 20th, 2005

Just as soon as I posted that last post, I heard that the fellas at Technorati have released the new version of the Technorati website.

Congrats to Derek, Jason, Ben and everyone else who’s been working on this project.

Monday, June 20th, 2005

We’ve just released It has been an collaboration between Technorati, commerceNetLabs and many others.

Come on in and join the conversation, there’s going to be a lot going on around microformats.


Sunday, June 19th, 2005

Eran has done some work to revive the stagnated conversation about citeVia. He says citeRel is the new citeVia:

With citeVia, Ryan and I tried to expose the relation between two blog posts. We limited ourselves to just one type of relation but there are others: comments, replies and revisions are all possible types of related documents. We discussed this last night and we now want to expand citeVia.

I think the changes he suggests are great for adding some meaning to the links we using in blogging. He lists via, reply-to and update as potential link-relations between posts. I’d like to add one more- forward. Why? Because that’s what I’m doing right now–I’m forwarding, with comment) his message on to you, my readers (you should do the same).

Technorati Party

Sunday, June 19th, 2005

There’s a lot going on at Technorati.

So, why not throw a party?


When: June 22, 2005 – 18:30 21:00
What: Technorati Party
Where: House of Shields
Why: Why not?

See also Dave, Jonas and Niall’s posts.

Content first, structure later

Wednesday, June 15th, 2005

Paul M. Jones has a great blog post entitled Wikis **Are** For Documentation. He says:

This stand [that wikis are insufficient for documentation –ed.], in my opinion, addresses the wrong problem. My basic rebuttal would be that PHP userland lacks not merely “robust”? documentation, but that it lacks “almost all”? documentation. The key here is not merely to improve the state of existing docs, but to get **any** docs to exist in the first place … and wikis help with this tremendously. They are not perfect, but they are a great start to get some docs out there.

Paul’s writing in response to Sean Coates, who says Wikis are not for documentation and makes a strong argument that low-barrier to entry collaborative writing that enables quick iterations is a great for documentation writing, even at the expense of structure.

Of course, just because you don’t require structure doesn’t mean you can’t allow structure. Technical documentation benefits from structure, but suffers from required structure. Make it easy for people to write something (anything!) and worry later about getting it into a structured format.

On a related note, I had a good conversation last night with Alex Russell, a developer on JotSpot (whose apt. we fled to from the tag tuesday tsunami scare – I’m told it wasn’t his apartment. I assumed it was, since he new the WEP key. :-)). One of the interesting things they’re doing is creating wiki software that can be shaped into a more structured application. This bottom-up/content-first-structure-later approach could be very fruitful for technical documentation. He and I both agree that it is difficult to figure out exactly what the structure of your data should be until the data is large enough to cause you pain. Unfortunately, few tools are capable with dealing with this workflow style.

The tools must improve.