Will I continue blogging? Most definitely.

There’s something special in seeing my writing online for everyone to see. If I see some pingbacks or comments, it tells me that I provided something that people would want to read, which is good feedback as to what I should and should not include in a post. It also helps keep me in touch with other people interested in the topic, since people who comment most likely have a blog similar to mine. Besides, seeing my writing published somewhere public always gives me a nice fuzzy feeling. I wouldn’t trade that feeling, no matter how lazy I can be.

Will I continue the direction in which my personal blog is headed? That I’m not so sure about. I like the topic I chose, but it can be hard to search for relevant topics and do the research needed since it’s not something that is not often talked about in blogs, at least in ones I’ve seen. What I may do is slowly edge it more towards Mac-oriented material. I will be a Mac owner by the end of this week, and I’ve constantly been searching for new information on the subject. With Boot Camp included on all new Macs, I’m sure there are many, many more people out there like me who would also like to read about this topic. I like the gratification I get from my original topic, but I want to have a blog that is useful to others as well. Maybe what I’ll do is keep the blog like it is and make a new blog dedicated solely to Macs and their features? Another topic I could tackle is old blues music, since I do have an interest in that, as well as many 78’s that are just calling to be put online. (Of course there’s the issue of copyright, but I think that’s a moot point with music that old, which would most certainly be in the public domain by now.) That would be interesting, and it would be something people would go back to. I just have to decide what I want, since I cannot possibly maintain four blogs without either going crazy or dropping any sort of real life or spare time.

I was on getafreelancer.com looking at some of the posts, and it seems that people do include their blogs in their resumes, especially in ones that require some writing in blogs or otherwise. That’s just another reason to continue a good blog: resume padding. A well-developed blog shows employers you can stick with something for an extended amount of time. Usually.

This post was written and on Zoho and posted using their tools. They even have an HTML editor, in case you want to add your own personal touches directly into a word document. Yes, this is free, blatant advertising for them. I don’t like that the spellcheck isn’t constant, but what do you expect for something already as awesome as this? They probably couldn’t utilize the browser’s spellcheck for technical reasons. They’ll probably add it on later. 

HTML may appear similar at first, but in actuality XHTML is the combination of HTML and XML to allow it to be less complicated for non-traditional browsers (like those on a mobile phone). While it is less flexible than HTML (for example, every bracket must be closed, ie <br> has to be written as <br />, so that the backslash properly closes the element), it is cleaner, so it can be interpreted faster by browsers that don’t have as much resources to calculate odd elements. The article about XHTML from W3C itself is here.

It is basically a streamlining and standards issue. Web standards basically ensure that the site code is as uncomplicated as possible while at the same time making sure that the site can be viewed by as many people as possible (accessible) and will be able to be seen for years to come. The World Wide Web Consortium (or W3C) sets out recommendations as to what language would be most accessible and streamlined. This also fits into accessibility, but it also makes sure that each site is viewed the same way in every browser, and it won’t be like it was 10-15 years ago when each site had a “best viewed in…” statement.

Unfortunately, not all browsers are completely compatible. Internet Explorer is the biggest culprit, which is sad considering they have 76% of the usage share. While they support most standards, they do not support XHTML, and will only show it if it was written similarly to HTML. This will hopefully be fixed with IE8, as elaborated on in Fix the Compatibility Problems with IE8 Beta. Mozilla Firefox does support XHTML, but it does not pass the Acid2 test, which tests for rendering flaws in browsers. Opera does not render the Acid2 test as well (see Unintentionally Blank’s article Opera and Safari Hunt Down Bugs to Pass Acid 3).

CSS is a stylesheet language that defines the page’s presentation, including color and fonts. It is more flexible than defining these elements in HTML or XHTML and it allows for a different type of theme to show up based on the requirements of the browser, allowing for greater accessibility.