Inasmuch as I like their products, I like their people, and they have strengths in XSL-FO, CSS, and EPUB, I’m pleased to join Antenna House as Senior Architect, XML Division.
I am still based in Ireland, and I am still available for consulting, but now it’s as part of my work with Antenna House. In fact, we already have a couple of projects lined up, including prospective work from a company that wasn’t with Mentea.
This blog remains (and, who knows, might even become active), and the resources at http://www.mentea.net/resources.html remain available, but going forward, I am representing Antenna House.
Inasmuch as an upgrade from Ubuntu 12.04 to Ubuntu 14.04.1 left me fighting the user interface rather than using it, I installed Linux Mint 17 and am much better off. The only problem was that, as with Ubuntu 14.04.1, I couldn’t use all five buttons on my Evoluent 3 mouse properly, so I had to configure X to remap the mouse buttons. Continue reading
Inasmuch as people may come to a training session without either a pen or something to write on and there’s always slides and exercises to distribute, there’s now limited-edition Mentea pens, notebooks, and USB drives:
And to reduce the impact of what is essentially a vanity project, the pen body and the USB drive casing are biodegradable plastic, and the notebook covers and sheets are recycled board and paper.
Inasmuch as, when using the Oxygen XSLT debugger, I often navigate straight to the files that I want to run or navigate to a line and set a breakpoint and then want to just run it, but I used to also often just rerun the previous set of files I’d been debugging because the debugger’s file selectors weren’t keeping up with my gyrations in the editor panels.
Enter the “Link with Editor” button. Clicking once on the button beside the file selectors once you’ve got the files that you want to run visible in the editor panels will update the selectors to reflect the currently selected panels. A useful button, indeed.
(You probably want to click it again straight away to turn the feature off again, just so the selections don’t change every time the debugger’s focus shifts to another file for a breakpoint or, rarity of rarities, an error.)
Inasmuch as if any book is going to exemplify the ideal that “printing should be invisible”, it would be a printing of “Printing should be invisible” by Beatrice L. Warde, so I found a copy of the 1937 printing by the Marchbanks Press just to see how invisible it really was. And, yes, also to have something close to an original of a well-known speech and article about typography, though possibly the 1955 version, produced by Warde herself, counts as more of an original even though it came out 25 years after the speech. Continue reading
Inasmuch as it was written in 1948, “Printing Design and Layout” by Vincent Steer could never be one of those ‘typography’ books that explain everything in terms of dialog boxes for a particular program, and I like that. There’s a wealth of detail (only some of which is dated), and I don’t know if it’s indicative of the author or the time and place where it was written, but the text also has a wonderful tone that I like.
For example, since Dave Cramer, author of the “Requirements for Latin Text Layout and Pagination” document from the “Latinreq” task force of the W3C Digital Publishing Interest Group, was most recently working on initial capitals, that was one of the sections of “Printing Design and Layout” that I looked at when I got my copy last Friday, where I found this gem:
Inasmuch as Ant is good at re-running an XSLT transformation or a series of transformations when the XML source changes but not so good at re-running when one of the transformations’ stylesheets’ sub-modules changes, it’s a simple thing to generate on-the-fly a temporary build file containing
paths listing the dependencies of each stylesheet so Ant can do the right thing. Continue reading
Inasmuch as I find it useful and 50% of the people that I’ve shown it to find it useful, the XSL 1.1 Properties quick reference is now available at http://www.mentea.net/resources/xsl11-properties.pdf. It crams all the properties, their values, and their defaults into two A4 pages for when you just want to know the allowed value of a particular property. When printed, it works best when the pages flip along the long edge, and when viewed online, the property names link to their definitions in the XSL 1.1 spec. Continue reading
Inasmuch as I’m trying out XSLT 3.0 techniques, I’ve been looking at using a map of functions that return attributes as an alternative to using
xsl:attribute-set. However, in the work so far, neither is significantly better than the other IMO. Continue reading
Inasmuch as I’m going to be authoring test files for the XSLT 3.0 testbed, I wanted an easy way to use Wendell’s oXygenJATSFramework. The easiest way would have been as an Oxygen framework add-on, but there wasn’t yet one. Since (unsigned) framework add-ons can be Zip archives and I’d recently downloaded archived releases from other GitHub projects, I did some experimenting and got GitHub to host the framework descriptor and the framework add-on itself. Continue reading