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Indicating Details of Problems to Machines in HTTP

2012 Jul 3, 2:28

This specification defines a “Problem Detail” as an extensible way to carry machine-readable details of errors in a response, to avoid the need to invent new response formats.

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draft-liman-tld-names-06 - Top Level Domain Name Specification

2011 Dec 4, 3:00

“The syntax for allowed Top-Level Domain (TLD) labels in the Domain Name System (DNS) is not clearly applicable to the encoding of Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs) as TLDs. This document provides a concise specification of TLD label syntax based on existing syntax documentation, extended minimally to accommodate IDNs.” Still irritated about arbitrary TLDs.

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The Canonical Link Relation

2011 Jul 1, 10:15"This specification defines the canonical link relation -- an element which designates the preferred version of content/URI from a set of duplicate or near duplicate pages."PermalinkCommentslink uri url html rel technical standard rfc canonical

The ftp URI Scheme

2011 May 22, 10:38One step closer to completely deprecating the original URI spec by pulling out the ftp URI scheme specification into its own new updated spec!PermalinkCommentsuri url ftp uri-scheme ietf rfc reference technical

CSS Fonts Module Level 3

2011 May 10, 10:49Interesting standards disagreements showing up in specs: "Some implementers feel a same-origin restriction should be the default for all new resource types while others feel strongly that an opt-in strategy usuable for all resource types would be a better mechanism and that the default should always be to allow cross-origin linking for consistency with existing resource types (e.g. script, images). As such, this section should be considered at risk for removal if the consensus is to use an alternative mechanism."PermalinkCommentsreference web development font specification w3c css3

draft-abarth-url-01 - Parsing URLs for Fun and Profit

2011 Apr 27, 3:12Prescriptive spec on URI parsing. "This document contains a precise specification of how browsers process URLs. The behavior specified in this document might or might not match any particular browser, but browsers might be well-served by adopting the behavior defined herein."PermalinkCommentstechnical rfc reference uri

draft-ietf-oauth-v2 - The OAuth 2.0 Protocol Framework

2010 Dec 15, 10:02The OAuth 2 spec still in progress.PermalinkCommentsspecification reference ietf spec oauth technical

Draft: The Salmon Protocol

2010 Jun 20, 1:18Protocol for doing distributed commenting and implemented by Google Buzz! "This document defines a lightweight, robust, and secure protocol for sending unsolicited notifications — especially comments and responses on syndicated feed content — to specified endpoints; along with rules to enable resulting content to itself be syndicated robustly and securely."PermalinkCommentscomment blog atom rss google buzz salmon reference specification protocol syndication technical

RFC 4627 - The application/json Media Type for JavaScript Object Notation (JSON)

2010 Mar 31, 7:59Defines the mime type for JSON as well as JSON itself.PermalinkCommentstechnical json mimetype mime javascript ietf rfc specification

Indexed Database API

2010 Mar 5, 9:32PermalinkCommentsapi database html html5 specification w3c web programming technical

The appendices of the CSS specification are in alphabetical order [dive into mark]

2010 Feb 24, 4:13Wow, its true... the CSS appendices titles start with the letter of their appendix. The 'Appendix E. Elaborate description of Stacking Contexts' is pushing it though.PermalinkCommentshumor css technical specification reference

Tetris Guideline - Tetris Wiki

2010 Jan 20, 8:56I had no idea of the amount of variation: "The Tetris Guideline is the current specification that The Tetris Company enforces for making all new (2001 and later) Tetris game products alike in form." Covers things like piece color, vocabulary, speeds, rotation system etc etc etc. I'll be adopting some of this in Polytope Tetris...PermalinkCommentstetris wiki reference game videogame

RFC 1951 - DEFLATE Compressed Data Format Specification version 1.3

2009 Sep 3, 7:17"This specification defines a lossless compressed data format that compresses data using a combination of the LZ77 algorithm and Huffman coding." Also see RFC 1950 zlib, a wrapper compression format that can use deflate, and RFC 1952 gzip, a compressed file format that can use deflate.PermalinkCommentstechnical rfc ietf compression http deflate gzip zlib

Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 1.1 (Second Edition)

2009 Aug 24, 4:57"This specification defines the features and syntax for Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) Version 1.1, a modularized language for describing two-dimensional vector and mixed vector/raster graphics in XML."PermalinkCommentssvg graphic web xml reference w3c technical

Dive Into HTML 5 by Mark Pilgrim with illustrations from the Public Domain

2009 Aug 21, 3:26"Dive Into HTML 5 seeks to elaborate on a hand-picked Selection of features from the HTML 5 specification and other fine Standards. I shall publish Drafts periodically, as time permits." Lovely design.PermalinkCommentsvia:waxy reference programming howto design html5 typography mark-pilgrim html web development technical

W3C File Upload API

2009 Jul 27, 5:34"This specification provides an API used to prompt the user with a file selection dialogue and obtain the data contained in files on the user's file system."PermalinkCommentsweb w3c api upload script dom technical

HTML 5 - Links - Link Types

2009 May 4, 12:06"The following table summarizes the link types that are defined by this specification. This table is non-normative; the actual definitions for the link types are given in the next few sections."PermalinkCommentshtml html5 w3c link reference standard url uri

InfoQ: HTTP Status Report

2009 Apr 29, 12:34"In this presentation, recorded at QCon San Francisco 2008, HTTPbis WG chair Mark Nottingham gives an update on the current status of the HTTP protocol in the wild, and the ongoing work to clarify the HTTP specification."PermalinkCommentshttp httpbis protocol ietf reference video authentication cookie uri url tcp sctp mark-nottingham via:ericlaw

Thoughts on registerProtocolHandler in HTML 5

2009 Apr 7, 9:02

I'm a big fan of the concept of registerProtocolHandler in HTML 5 and in FireFox 3, but not quite the implementation. From a high level, it allows web apps to register themselves as handlers of an URL scheme so for (the canonical) example, GMail can register for the mailto URL scheme. I like the concept:

However, the way its currently spec'ed out I don't like the following: PermalinkCommentsurl template registerprotocolhandler firefox technical url scheme protocol boring html5 uri urn

Web addresses in HTML 5

2009 Mar 23, 11:06The HTML5 spec tells us how it is in the real world for URLs: "This specification defines various algorithms for dealing with Web addresses intended for use by HTML user agents. For historical reaons, in order to be compatible with existing Web content HTML user agents need to implement a number of processes not defined by the URI and IRI specifications [RFC3986], [RFC3987]."PermalinkCommentshtml html5 url uri reference w3c
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