Friday, March 22, 2002

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p i x e l v i e w - behind the screen with independent designers, developers and others.

It's Friday and it's time for a new p i x e l v i e w. There are a lot of folks who contribute to the portion of the Internet most of us know as the web. Part of this growth is attributable to the growth of the personal computer. The first 'Killer Application' for the pc was a spreadsheet program called VisiCalc. Bob Frankston was one of the creators.

A List Apart
Issue No. 141 of A List Apart Magazine examines authoring tools, accessibility, and standards from two nifty perspectives:
1. Modifying Dreamweaver to Produce Valid XHTML by Carrie Bickner. You don’t have to wait for Dreamweaver 5 (or 6) to squeeze valid XHTML out of the web’s most popular visual editor. Carrie Bickner’s illustrated tutorial will show you how to modify Dreamweaver to make it a standards–friendly authoring tool.
2. Accessibility & Authoring Tools by Christopher Schmitt. With the advent of more compliant web browsers, the quest for standards shifts to the tools pros use to build sites. Chris Schmitt spoke with Adobe and Macromedia for the low–down on web standards, accessibility, and authoring tools.

This ALA issue will run for two weeks.

A List Apart Issue No. 141
read here - go there

DCMA and Scientology

More creative litigation threats..

"Web search outfit Google has caved in to demands from the 'Church' of Scientology demanding that it delete URLs from its database directing Web surfers to certain pages maintained by, a well-known CoS critic."
"In this case the dreaded Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) has provided the pretext for censorship. Scientology shysters have persuaded Google that it's liable for copyright infringement because Xenu has mirrored excerpts from sacred texts which the cult guards jealously as its intellectual capital."

Scientologists gag Google
read here - go there
Source:The Register USA

A list of the pages removed can be found here

Congressional Sock Puppets

It was Thomas Greene at the Register who coined the phrase. Congressional Sock Puppets

"The bill, called the Consumer Broadband and Digital Television Promotion Act (CBDTPA), prohibits the sale or distribution of nearly any kind of electronic device -- unless that device includes copy-protection standards to be set by the federal government."

Anti-Copy Bill Hits D.C.
read here - go there
Source: Wired

Consumer Broadband and Digital Television Promotion Act
read here - go there

Which brings us to the Second in our series of Congressional Sock Puppets

the valenti-hollings model

This is presented as parody and any resemblence to anybody in particular is in your mind.

p i x e l v i e w

Bob Frankston
You are here because you have a personal computer.
You have a personal computer because of a program called Visi Calc.
Bob Frankston co-created Visi Calc. He is way beyond that now.

p i x e l v i e w - Bob Frankston
read here - go there

Eldred v. Ashcroft - Eldred Legal Defense Fund

Here is where to send money.

"Eldred Legal Defense Fund"
Lawrence Lessig
Stanford Law School
Crown Quadrangle
559 Nathan Abbott Way
Stanford, CA 94305-8610

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