Monthly Archives: October 2007

How Microformats Relate to the Semantic Web

Interesting article about the Semantic Web written by James Simmons about RDF VS Microformats.

Before some quotes from the article, some really basic information about Microformats:
Microformats Diagram

Designed for humans first and machines second, microformats are a set of simple, open data formats built upon existing and widely adopted standards. Instead of throwing away what works today, microformats intend to solve simpler problems first by adapting to current behaviors and usage patterns

Here we understand that Microformats are to be an evolution of the web and not a revolution.

[…]The primary advantage Microformats offer over RDF (including its embedded serializations) is that you can embed metadata directly in the XHTML, reducing the amount of markup you need to write[…]

[…]What Microformats were not intended to be:

  • A new language
  • Infinitely extensible and open-ended
  • An attempt to get everyone to change their behavior and rewrite their tools
  • A whole new approach that throws away what already works today
  • A panacea for all taxonomies, ontologies, and other such abstractions
  • Defining the whole world, or even just boiling the ocean

What RDF allows (and Microformats lacks):

  • Resources are represented as URIs, allowing you to access metadata remotely
  • Infinitely extensible and open-ended design
  • A powerful Ontology language (OWL) that is built upon it
  • The ability to utilize, share, and extend any number of vocabularies
  • No reliance on pre-defined “formats” (i.e. not limited by the types of data that can be encoded)


[…]Microformats are to RDF as HTML 5 is to XHTML; on the surface they both appear to be a solution to the same problem, but the former misses the point as to why the latter was created.[…]

Who use Microformats on his website? An old Firefox extension allows you to handle Microformats tag on a web page and perform customizable actions on the microformats via Tails Scripts.
I guess it is time that I insert Microformats on my website… Do you use it? Why? How?


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Web 3.0 and beyond: the next 20 years of the internet

Web 3.0

I’ve just come across a very interesting article from the Times Online about the next 20 years of the Internet, they seem to do a little confusion of the WEB and the Internet but still it is interesting:

[…]the web will be able to connect every aspect of our digital lives – be it a website, an e-mail, or a file on our PC – to every other aspect. It will know, for instance, when you are typing an e-mail, what the subject of the e-mail is, and be able to suggest websites and books as well as documents, photos and videos you have saved that may be relevant to that topic.

[…]If Web 2.0 was all about harnessing the collective intelligence of crowds to give information a value – lots of people liked this story so you might too (, people who like Madonna also like this artist (, lots of people linked to this site so that makes it the most relevant (Google’s basic PageRank algorithm) – then Web 3.0 is about giving the internet itself a brain.

[…]A prime example of a Web 3.0 technology is ‘natural-language search’, which refers to the ability of search engines to answer full questions such as ‘Which US Presidents died of disease?’. In some cases, the sites that appear in the results do not reference the original search terms, reflecting the fact that the web knows, for instance, that Reagan was a US President, and that Alzheimer’s is a disease.

Read the full article.

IMHO, if the Internet is like this in 20 years, I’ll really be deceived… Can’t we think about something more extraordinary?
Seriously who want to send email in 20 years? I would love to have a chip in my brain connected via satellites to my personal servers having countless memory. Just thinking and voila, my email is sent with all the details I had think about.

I dream of a computer driven by my mind, not a computer driving my mind…
For the smart semantic queries, I my point of view it’s a dream of scientist, try to Googlise “Which US Presidents died of disease” and you will have the answer. Semantic can be very interesting in large network of knowledge not for such ridiculous queries, do we really need a semantic web?

Ok I’m a bit provocative but let’s debate…


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Making Life Easier: World Usability Day: November 8

World Usability Day was founded to ensure that the services and products
important to life are easier to access and simpler to use.

Even if this year the theme is health, it is a good time to check our website for usability issues, more and more visitors expect to have an usable website (also in terms of accessibility). One year ago I had set up a usability resources list so if you need to refresh your knowledge about usability you know where to go 😉

Also don’t forget why you want your website to be accessible:

  • There are 8.6 million registered disabled people in the UK
  • One in 12 men and one in 200 women have some form of color blindness
  • Two million UK residents have a sight problem
  • There are 12 million people aged 60 or over


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Adobe 2007 European User Group Tour

Adobe European User Group Tour
It’s with a lot of pleasure that I’m working on the organization of the Adobe European User Group Tour that will make a stop at our local User Group. Our meeting will take place on November 16th and will focus on Adobe AIR and the future of the Adobe Flash Platform.

I’ve you live in the nearby of Geneva it’s a must seen (even more if like me you couldn’t go to MAX), it’s a great opportunities to meet Mike Chambers, Lee Brimelow and the members from the AUGG.

The subscription to the event are open until November 9th for User Group Members of Switzerland. If you are not members of any Adobe User Group, please write me an email at “HELLO [@] AUGG [.] CH”.
If you are not in Switzerland, your are still warmly welcome!!



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AIR Code Samples

Adobe Integrate RuntimeDaniel Dura has posted on his blog two presentations (introduction to AIR & Flex 3) he made during some events (AIR tour & MAX).
Along with his presentations is an archive of Flex Builder project, that contain most of the code he showed.
Here is the list of sources you’ll find in the archive:

  • Application Icons
  • File Icons
  • HTML Display
  • Local Store
  • Native Drag
  • Native File Dialogue
  • Native Windows
  • Object Serialization
  • Service Monitor
  • SQL Insert Performance
  • Transparent Windows
  • Still here? Go ahead and download this archive from Daniel’s blog.


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    MAX 2007 Chicago: Notes and Videos

    MAX 2007
    First link by Mark Coppock, he wrote notes about most of the sessions that took place during MAX. His note are full of links and really worth the read!

    If you are more a vizual guys than a reader then head to Peter Elest’s blog where you can find a lot of Sneak Peeks videos:

  • Flash “Next”
  • Flash on C/C++
  • Flex Applications on Linux
  • Seam Carving
  • Photoshop Express
  • Flash Home for Mobile
  • PDF Packaging
  • For even more videos youTube is your friends 😉


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    Google Browser (gBrowser) to Come End November?

    I usually try not to forward “prediction”, but this one is interesting:

    In April 07, there had been rumors that google invested in a China-based free browser Maxthon. But then later on denied by both Maxthon and Google. Recently, there has been some more rumor about Google’s interest in such project after they register a domain name Let’s predict the chance of Google announcing its own web browser by end of Nov 2007!

    Gbrowser has effectively been bought by Google.

    By now the communities think they will only at 12%. This prediction is for November, but I’m still wondering why they bought gbrowser if not for releasing their own browser (with google gears and desktop RIA capacities)?

    Maybe a cross platform mobile browser, what do you predict?


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    Flash 10: Sneak Peek

    Flash CS3[via beedigital]

    Watch this video, the future of Flash is really cool, Flash is heading more and more to complex MC interaction and 3D:

  • Live video rendering on stage
  • 3D + filters
  • Live Timeline visualization: Beziers Path for animation!!!
  • Path can be saved for other MC
  • Skeleton structures for movie clips (drawing an animated arms in 3 sec !!!)

  • I really hope I can put my hands on the beta/alpha soon 🙂


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    Social Networking 3.0

    Very interesting podcast about the future of Social Networking.

    Introduced by AlwaysOn founder Tony Perkins, this panel discussion considers the new opportunities related to the social networking space. Panelists include moderator Charlene Li, Senior Analyst, Forrester Research; Travis Katz, SVP, MySpace International; Dustin Moskovitz, Co-Founder, Facebook; Rich Rosenblatt, CEO, Demand Media; Gina Bianchini, CEO, Ning; Karl Jacob, CEO, Wallop.

    How will social networking website evolve, what are the main idea to work on?
    The shift from “belonging to” to “belong” the coming to universal networking?

    Hear the podcast from the AlwaysOn Stanford Summit (57min)


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    Create rich Internet application UIs with Thermo

    [Via: Jean Philippe and Coding Cowboys ]
    Adobe Thermo logo
    Adobe has presented yesterday their new upcoming product codenamed “Thermo”.

    […]Thermo allows designers to build on familiar workflows to visually create working applications that easily flow into production and development. […]
    Applications created in Thermo are Flex applications that can be loaded directly into Flex Builder, providing a great roundtrip workflow for designers collaborating with developers. The designer’s work can be incorporated directly into the production application with no loss of fidelity, and designers can continue to refine the design throughout the iterative development process.[…]

    Here is what we could do with Thermo:

  • Use drawing tools to create original graphics, wireframe an application design, or manipulate artwork imported from Adobe Creative Suite tools.
  • Turn artwork from Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, or Fireworks directly into functional components that use the original artwork as a “skin”.
  • Define and wire up interactive behavior, such as what to do when a user clicks on something, without having to write code.
  • Easily design UIs that work with dynamic data, such as a list of contacts or product information, without having access to the actual data source. Design-time sample data can be used as a realistic placeholder when laying out an application, testing interactivity, and choreographing motion.
  • Here are some screenshots:

    Adobe Thermo in action 1
    Drawing Tools to Create Original Artwork or to Manipulate Graphics
    Converting Artwork to Functional Components

    More info on Adobe Labs and on O’Reilly Radar

    Thermo should be released in 2008.


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    One billion Flash enabled mobile devices by 2010

    Flash Lite 3
    For all the Flash Lite fan, this is the news of the day: Flash Lite 3 has been released 🙂
    I’ve just read it over Mike Krisher’s Blog.
    Extract from the press release:

    […]Adobe announced the availability of Adobe® Flash® Lite™ 3 software, which now supports Adobe Flash Player compatible video and enables the delivery of dynamic Web content on mobile devices[…]
    With over 300 Million Flash enabled mobile devices and handsets shipped so far, Adobe expects more than one billion Flash enabled devices to be available by 2010.[…]
    “With Flash Lite 3 and its support for video, we’ve passed a major milestone in bringing a desktop experience to mobile and transforming the wireless industry,” said Al Ramadan, senior vice president for Mobile and Devices at Adobe.[…]

    Read the full press release

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    Flex 3 public beta 2

    Flex 3
    Available to download directly from the Adobe Labs

    This public prerelease version continues our new, more transparent product development process, providing frequent, regular access to early builds and greater insight into the feature roadmap and planning process.

    This near-feature-complete Flex Builder 3 beta 2 release will provide you with an opportunity to explore powerful new features, communicate early feedback, and test existing Flex applications with the latest Flex 3 framework. Some of the new features added in beta 2 include:

    * Data wizard support for .NET.
    * Web Services introspection.
    * Project import and export.
    * Completed support for CSS in Design View.
    * Major improvements to the Profiler (new visualizations and better accuracy).

    Download it from the labs


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    Adobe Media Player prerelease

    News from the Labs:

    This is a prerelease version of Adobe® Media Player™ (AMP) software for Windows and Macintosh platforms. It is being made available for consumers to test the user experience, and for content publishers to test the compatibility of their existing Media RSS feeds with Flash-based video content.

    AMP Preview Screenshoot

    You will also notice a “badge” that auto-install the AMP (a software running on AIR), which is a really good way to distribute your software on the world wide web 🙂

    Download and install AMP
    You will need the latest version of AIR to make it work


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