tools for document interoperability
This is the web diary for nfoWorks and realization of the Harmony Principles. Pursuing Harmony tracks nfoWorks research, analysis, specification, and implementation of tools for document interoperability. There is commentary on related activities that address conformance, interoperability, and harmonization of document formats.
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The nfoCentrale blogs, including Pursuing Harmony, were published through Blogger via FTP transfer to my web sites. That service is ending.
Then there will be silence as Blogger is unhooked, although the pages will remain.
No new posts or comments will work until I updated the web site to use its own blog engine. Once that migration is completed, posting will resume here, with details about what to know about the transition and any breakage that remains to be repaired.
Meanwhile, if you are curious to watch how this works out, check on Spanner Wingnut’s Muddleware Lab. It may be in various stages of disrepair, but that blog will come under new custodianship first.
Just a little housekeeping. This is a little secret message between me and technorati.
I can't stand some things about the sidebar, and I must fix them now (template versions 0.04-0.05):
I need to be careful and not attempt too much of this all at once. This is going to be one of those pages that I will probably update as I make progress.
Update 2008-08-20T23:54Z: A set of provisional changes are made with template version 0.04 with the idea of tweaking further after seeing the template at work.
Update 2008-08-21T01:07Z: The biggest change is to get rid of link underlining and use bold-face as well as an improved link color. This and some minor layout adjustments are accomplished with template version 0.05. I am going to let those sit there for a while until I see how to make the layout more pleasant still.
Update 2008-08-21T01:14Z: The changes work better if I save the new template to Blogger after previewing it.
After having the template tweaks to look at, I am making some more, leading to version 0.03:
I've started capturing pages that illustrate the state of the blog at each template revision. These will be carried under the Blog Operations materials for reference.
Although I intentionally refrain from republishing the whole site, older archive and post pages will be regenerated from time to time. Page regeneration, always using the then-latest template, is usually because comments have been posted and sometimes because I provide additional information in an older post (such as links to related recent material).
While I am preparing for major additions and starting my homework as a new OASIS Open individual member, I am also performing some simple maintenance to the site template (resulting in version 0.02):
The new template previews correctly. Making this post will apply it to the main page, this individual post, and the archive page that this post is part of. Older posts have not been republished. They will continue to be formatted under the previous template, unless they are republished by me or as the result of a comment. I also backed up the blog to my development system before making the change on Blogger.
I believe there are extraneous cascading style-sheet (CSS) definitions in the <head> section of the template, and I will distill it down gradually. It is nice that there are no external style sheets, but I want to simplify what is sent to the browser even more.
The development of the fire drill and incident-handling materials is going to go slowly, and I will make more template changes when I need a respite from that and from content-creation activities.
The next series of activities for creation of this blog involve creation of a safety net against my own slip-ups and as a defense in case the blog becomes corrupted at some point.
This work takes up where Ramping Up has now left off. Compulsive knot-hole peepers will find a Construction Zone and Construction Notes on "Pursuing Harmony" Blog Operation.
1. First steps 2008-08-13T23:10Z. The first step is to capture the blog template and keep it in a form that is available under version control any time it is necessary to restore an earlier template:
2. Template Cleanup 2008-08-14T00:11Z. The next step is to clean up the template a slight amount in preparation for further customization:
3. Safety Net Incorporation 2008-08-13T01:23Z. With a maintainable template backed-up and versioned, there are many improvements called for. Those are cosmetic and not urgent, however desirable. Instead, provisions for locking down the blog, repairing/recovering it, and restoring it to operation will be put in place. The arrangement depends on the site being accessible by the administrator even though the blog is not working properly for some reason.
These pages are developed as part of the "Pursuing Harmony" Blog Operations material. That's the next step. Then we can have our first fire drill.
[update 2008-08-14T14:24Z added an important omitted word. I'm now back on the out-of-sight work needed in order to perform a successful fire drill. I forgot how tedious this is. The previous setup on Orcmid's Lair is old and stale and needs to be refreshed as part of that site's eventual repaving. Meanwhile, onward ... .]
This is an initial post for ramping up the Blogger creation of Pursuing Harmony. The blog will replace the manually-created diary that was first used with nfoWorks. This initial page is created to cause population of the blog, its archives, and the RSS feed.
The blog starts out using Jason Sutter's "Sand Dollars" format, one of the supplied Blogger templates. I will customize that to achieve my preferred style once operation of the blog is confirmed.
Customization happens after blog editing and posting is confirmed to be functioning.
My first problem was attempting to use SFTP. I reverted back to plain-old FTP to make sure the FTP log-in could succeed. This wasn't working the same as previously, so I tried a different path name. The problem may have been a lag in set-up of the account that I created for Blogger to use in posting to the web site. After one false-start, it all started working.
1. Update 2008-08-12T21:55Z After succeeding with this initial post, I decided not to use the Blogger NavBar. If I want to add a search panel for searching the blog and/or the site, I will do that later.
On getting Windows Live Writer working with the site, I attempted to establish an upload directory for images included in the blog. LiveWriter reported that it could not confirm the URL. I will make sure the new directory is established and give it a construction structure. I should then be able to have LiveWriter use it.
I am also going to move the archive directory out of the top-level blog directory, so that backup and maintenance is easier.
Live Writer reminded me to add tags to this post, and I will do that now too. I see that the categories work differently and are independent of tags. I must not be so careless in choosing categories.
2. Update 2008-08-12T23:34Z The archive is moved and the image directory was pre-populated with an index.htm so that Live Writer's concern for the folder was removed. It is now time to demonstrate that picture uploading works:
3. Update 2008-08-13T00:03Z After I figured out what time it is here (for adjusting to GMT in these little update items), I also managed to correct the URL for where the images are so that, not only are they uploaded, they are also correctly-reachable from the blog post.
My next effort is to make sure that I have a back-up procedure for mirroring the blog content on my development machine along with the other parts of nfoWorks.
After that has concluded, I will need to start working on the template.
4. Update 2008-08-13T00:12Z Well, the Neighborhood Rose images are on the blog site, but Live Writer fails to notice that I corrected the URL in my FTP settings. So I am linking in the above picture manually. I will introduce an additional image so that it can upload with the new settings.
Now I can introduce the backup procedure and then start adjusting the template.
5. Update 2008-08-13T00:53Z One concern I had is the automatic creation of subfolders to hold images from separate posts. I have verified that no subfolder index is available on the server and there is no way to explore the images but via image elements on the blog pages. That is satisfactory.
6. Update 2008-08-13T20:25Z I have carried out one manual backup. Before taking the customization to the next level, I have made a couple of simple touch-ups.
The next step is to construct the safety net and fire-drill procedure for the blog. It has been some time since a blog has been corrupted, but that is no reason to start operating without a net.
created 2008-08-13-18:06 -0700 (pdt)