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The assorted finds of Artefact Publishing

October 30, 2004

Ongoing development

I have been neglecting this blog recently, but not IPA Zounds, despite the lack of a new release. The new GUI is much better than the old one (except for those not running GNOME, in which case the non-native file dialogs/widgets may prove off-putting), the transformation process is somewhat optimised, and there is support for homorganic variables. Oh, and I’ve made a bunch of bug fixes. I am now at the point of writing documentation, and am mostly waiting for tester feedback before making a release.

Equally exciting is that today a user told me that he had modified the binary features model in order to get the program to behave the way he wanted it to. This is gratifying, since I had wondered whether anyone would bother even trying to delve into the guts of the program to that extent (it’s not really code, but it’s not a preferences file either).

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October 21, 2004

Ah, commercial web development

So recently I’ve been working on a commercial web development project. As part of this, I’m required to bother with the rendering in Internet Explorer. This is tiresome, because that browser, in any version, is a buggy piece of crap. I particularly like the bug I discovered in version six yesterday, where the width of a block shrinks if you specify a height for it and there is a float on one or both sides of it. I mean really. Add to that people not liking the default font size, and asking to have the stylesheet specify a smaller font size for the body. Would this be punishing the competant while encouraging incompetance? Yes, I think it would. Tsk tsk, don’t do that.

It is consequently understandable that I am very happy about not doing any more of this after this week. I plan to spend summer working only on non-commercial projects of some merit, many of them my own.

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