Amazing... KABLOG  is offering variuos front-ends for mobile phones which make mobile blogging easier:
KABLOG is a tool for mobile phones and PDAs that allows you to post photos and blog entries to blog servers and services such as TypePad, Movable Type, Blogger, B2, Blog-City, UserLand (Radio), Roller, SnipSnap, and other blog servers that support either the simple blogger xmlrpc interface or the extended metaWeblog interface. In addition, KABLOG provides extended support for posting entries to TypePad/Movable Type.
Danny Ayers has some news on his earlier work  done on a graphical whiteboard heading towards an SVG Wiki . The file only worked in IE on my machine. But the result is amazing; you can choose colors, shapes, operators and the like and also delete the paths later on. Very nice. I'd like to have that feature in my blog as well. Maybe there is a rainy weekend ahead soon ;)
chregu  of Bitflux GmbH is looking for a developer with strong skills in XSLT and PHP. Bitflux has strong competences in realizing custom client projects while mostly using their own Bitflux CMS (BxCMS). An other interesting product is their Bitflux Editor, a Wysiwyg XML Editor. Most if not all of their tools are Open Source.
While trying to login to Gmail I got a lockdown message, which is actually not yet to be documented  as far as I can see:
Our system indicates unusual usage of your account. In order to protect Gmail users from potentially harmful use of Gmail, this account has been disabled for up to 24 hours.
It is only a guess but the "unusal usage" might be related with my Gmail atom feed tryouts . Any ideas?
The del.icio.us plugin for Mozilla  is gorgeous. A click here and some text there and the link in question has been added to the social bookmarks manager.
As quite a bit a fan of the brainstorming tool freemind I am pleased to read that someone implemented a del.icio.us to freemind conversion . The python script basically grabs the del.icio.us links and transforms them into the appropriate freemind XML format. Maybe kind of related is extisp.icio.us .
Alan Knowles  described the process of designing labels with SVG and the conversion to PDF with PHP last December. There he points to an SVG editor called Sodipodi . Inkscape  is yet another SVG editor running on various platforms . Designing labes with SVG seems a reasonable approach. As Alan states correctly, the
FPDF [http://fpdf.org ] is quite a nice library for creating PDFs, however, the thought of hardcoding up all the locations in PHP, for all the text on both applications horrified me.
That is how we implemented our label printing system for LOTS 2004. Positioning a few lines of text and an image is easily done with FDPF for "design once, use many" labels.
FeedBurner is currently running as a "pre-alpha" platform providing variuos tweaks on your feeds. FeedBurner e.g. turns your Atom feed into RSS, reports statistics or provides services such as the "Mobile Filter":
Strips feed to essential items for browsing on mobile feed readers
Purpose Optimize your feed for mobile devices. Mobile Filter puts your content on a crash diet.
Feed Effect Creates a summary version of your feed and removes extra information that is only useful to desktop feed readers, shortening feed download size/time/cost over wireless networks.
Thanks to Matt Shobe  for giving me good reasons to move from Atom 0.2 to 0.3 ;-)
Got an interesting link added by "anonymous" in my JSR-170 Content Repository for Java technology API wiki page. It points to an online demo provided by Day Software Inc. Day's CTO David Nuescheler himself is pretty active (Specification Lead) regarding JSR-170  though ;-)
The RSS Reader MIDlet  is an RSS feed reader for handhelds - such as SonyEricsson T610, Nokia 7210 et. al. - that can run Java MIDlets (J2ME). It uses RMS (persistent storage) for offline reading. It is MIDP 1.0 CLDC 1.0 compliant, and requires about 256 kb of memory to work well.
Quite often I come across search results in Google, that I would not have found or even searched for, for what ever reason; so today I "found" an Open Source Scalable Vector Graphics Editor called Inkscape. It already runs in X on the iBook and there are also other binaries available . The project is very well documented .
Ganttproject  is a project management tool written in Java. This enables crossplatform compatibility and eliminates such arguments for not choosing that tool; The project and user information is stored in XML files which offers all the possibilities to transform that data in any other convenient format such as PDF or XHTML. If your werbserver has web_dav enabled, you can directly manipulate project files on the sever and work as a group on the same sources. As far as I can see, a version control is missing and I guess that this could alternatively implemented on the server side with a simple backup or a revision control system.
The Zulu  web generator implementation consists of an Excel table and some Visual Basic code. The layout and structure of the website is adjusted by editing the Excel table. Zulu's main idea is the separation of layout, structure and content of a website. By processing them the Zulu web generator creates static websites which can be sent to the web server.
Today I found the Trust and Reputation project homepage for FOAF . You can now upload your FOAF file and rate the people you know resp. the ones you have listed in your file. There is a perl script to convert your addressbook to a textfile for an easier conversion to add to the FOAF file . Give it a go and build your own Orkut; at least I could imagine some nice applications. I just had a random thought about a single sign-on management for online services. According to the trust given, my friends could be able or not to post to a certain blog, a calendar, a newsletter or what so ever... Just a thought to reawaken my crosspost idea ;)
mozCC is an extension for Mozilla-based browsers, which provides a convenient way to examine and indicate Creative Commons licenses embedded in web pages. Depending on the embedded RDF, the respective icons show up in the status bar of the browser.
You may find RDF examples of the different license types at creativecommons.org . Currently I have only one RDF license output per page. But of course you can add one per-post and assign: dc:title="$title", dc:identifier="$postURI", dc:subject="$category", dc:description="$description", dc:creator="$author" and dc:date="$date" as well .
The Firefox compatible RSS reader plug-in  does already handle Atom feeds. The feeds are being handled as conventional bookmarks. By pressing View>Siedbar>RSS Reader one will get a list of channels and in a lower window a separate list of item titels. The best part is the overview of the aggregated post. One can apply a custom CSS to it.
Mark Pilgrim has revision control on his blog entries . This is a feature that is already known for wikis but for blogs I have seen it the first time. Recently I was considering adding a feature to prevent the RSS feed from being updated on minor changes like from "teh" to "the" etc. Since the RSS is generated on the fly such changes will be interpreted by most aggregators as a new post or at least being read again.
Having revision control would have positive side effects for on the fly RSS generators as used in most blog engines as one could only respect the initial version to be used to feed.
Oh, and Mark just inspires me to another anti-spam method. If you read his archives you will notice "This discussion has been closed. Thanks to all who participated." at the end of an entry. Well, I do not know how Mark has implemented it but imagine having a feedback-window e.g. for seven days only and afterwards, comments, trackbacks and pingbacks would no longer be possible. It is not a perfect solution at all but just a thought. ;-)
There is that Calendar plugin for WikkiTikkiTavi that I found today and it took not for long to implement it. The Calendar has been Written by StephanUhlmann. It draws the next few months in multiple tables within a single WikiPage. While tuning it to fit to my needs I had a refreshing chat with ElkeEngel about blogs and wikis and the fusion of them. Actually she is working on a thesis for her diploma work.
Just some days ago I spotted the site upcoming.org, which is dealing with collaborative event calendars. Its intention is to let people register events in the future. Most of the blogger are used to have archived blog posts, sometimes also displayed in a calendar-looking-like manner. But if I look at a calendar, it is mostly to look forward, not into the past.
So I had the idea to extend that Calendar with an RSS export function to make those upcoming events available in a common format . There are still multiple RSS feeds around for this blog here, to be precise; one for each category. This is probably a feature not used by many of you out there. But what could make sense is to merge the past and upcoming posts/events into one feed. Maybe giving a marker depending on the current date, saying past or upcoming. Would the AtomFeed be able to deal with it? Just a thought...
Stephan Michels describes Chaperon  as a project that converts structured text to XML. The project contains two ANT tasks to create the parse table and to parse text documents. There are also Generator/Transformer componenets for Apache Cocoon 2.
Using XPath to handle your blog? Well, Syncato  does it:
OK, it took a little longer then I expected, but I think Syncato is finally usable. In case you missed it, Syncato is the new Weblog system that runs this site now. It is written in Python and uses Sleepycat Berkeley DB XML.
Frank Kromann  was kind enough to build the Tidy PECL extension  for PHP. He will make the dll available online with the next build cycle. The first step into Tidy used via PHP could be the following:
L. M. Orchard took Jonathan Blandfords  ChangeLog parser written in Python and added functionality to generate an RSS from a ChangeLog . Very cool indeed; I just discussed that with a couple of friends recently and proposed as well to look out for a MailMan to RSS converter. Yet here I found one .
Luc de Louw has plans  for an implementaion of a tool to digest and archiving XML-Reports from the Swiss Postfinance .
Dieses Projekt ist für Inhaber eines Postkontos gedacht, welche die neu angebotenen XML-Kontoauszüge etc. archivieren und verwalten möchten. Es wurde noch kein Code veröffentlicht. Zur Zeit wird ein Plan ausgearbeitet, welche Features wie implementiert werden sollen.
Mozile or Mozilla Inline Editor is an in-browser, context-sensitive, XHTML editor that allows a user to edit all or just specific editable sections of any XHTML page from the comfort of his own browser. It can act as the client-side of a content-editing system or as a self-contained "web word processor" .
Having mentioned the conversion of Powerpoint Slides to XML yesterday, I forgot to metion this one . I kind of like that idea. Here a small summary:
The idea is that we use the Windows Media Player 9 Windows Media File Editor to generate an XML file that describes the events in a Windows Streaming Media File.
We then perform the following transformations on the XML file
1. Convert from UTF-16 to UTF-8 so that we can use regular unix tools 2. Convert absolute slide flip pathnames to relative pathnames 3. Add markers for each slide flip so that we can navigate 4. Adjust the markers so that the title of each marker will be the title of the slide
We then take the resulting file and update the file
While googleling for a ppt2xml solution I came across this presentation by the Frauenhofer Institute  being held at a conference on behalf of XML Clearinghouses, Germany .
Someone told me, he was currently working on a Powerpointpresentation with included audio files and this is going to be burned on CD-ROM. That is ok as long as it is dedicated to a single OS, but Microsoft  does not offer a simple solution to make it crossplatform compatible. So one way is to make an export to quicktime, but the quality is rather low, I was told; also realmedia could be a way . There is also a tool called "Fixlinks"  that might help, but it is not free. Another approach could be to convert all that stuff to XML. I have not a clue how this could be done. Need to read that paper first.
* round out applying inline CSS to text, addressing issues like CSS synonyms * finish off handling of display to cover "list" and "table" settings * use name spaces properly so XML docs as are easy to edit as HTML docs
And of course, each release does and will neaten implementation.
authentic 5 Desktop Edition  is a standards-based, browser enabled document editor that allows business users to seamlessly capture ideas and information directly into an XML format, which are saved to any content management system, database, or XML repository, for later retrieval or transformation - unlocking corporate knowledge.
It has as well templates for handling docbook documents; isn't that what we are looking for too? Their site direct also to additional components, such as databases or processors .
XPDL is an XML Processing Description Language; it simplifies the management of document sets and makes document processing more reliable. By creating descriptions for classes of documents, rather than relying on documents to link to processing descriptions themselves, XPDL makes it possible to move beyond the monolithic model presented by DTDs today and to add new resources, like schemas, style sheets, and processing information to the concept of a document class .
An application using XPDL is the "Business Process Navigator 2" by obinary.com .
YAWC is a plug-in for Microsoft Word that enables conversion of documents into XML and HTML . There is a limited free version available. YAWC Lite exports Word according to the Simplified Docbook by Norman Walsh . The University of Geneva does something similar for Framemaker .