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XML: the lingua franca of Web 2.0

lingua franca: a language for communication between communities (Wikipedia) In the beginning was HTML. And the words were tagged And the words were beautifully simple: <body> <h1>This is your headline</h1> And this is your text.<br> <b>And this is your text in bold.</b> See the words: This is your headline And this is your text And… Continue reading XML: the lingua franca of Web 2.0

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Pretty RSS

Burke, Sean. Making RSS Pretty. Retrieved 2/6/2009 from http://interglacial.com/~sburke/stuff/pretty_rss.html. Summary The article describes how to marry an RSS feed (which is an XML document) to a CSS file to style the RSS feed for a browser; browsers typically render an RSS feed as an XML tree but by using the xml-stylesheet tag, the tree has… Continue reading Pretty RSS

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SVG Prediction

Cagle, Kurt. Understanding XML: The Future of SVG and the Web (2005). Retrieved 8/19/2005 from http://www.understandingxml.com/archives/2005/08/the_future_of_s.html although this site throws a 404 error on 2/6/2009. A portion is still available at http://brokekid.net/2005/08/18/understanding-xml-the-future-of-svg-and-the-web/. Summary While the major prediction of the article--that SVG will be the graphics standard by 2008--has not been realized, the author's focus on… Continue reading SVG Prediction

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Gender-Based Behavior in WoW

Kavetsky, Jennifer. Men Behaving (Not So) Badly: Interplayer Communication in World of Warcraft. Thesis submitted to the Graduate College of Bowling Green State University. 2008. 1-76. Summary Based on theories from Butler and Tannen that gender effects language use, this thesis examines a successful guild in WoW to determine: how men use language to construct… Continue reading Gender-Based Behavior in WoW

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Social Stratification in WoW

Williams, Dmitri, et.al. From Tree House to Barracks: The Social Life of Guilds in World of Warcraft. Games and Culture 1.4 (2006). 338-361. Summary While the statistics on  game use seem commonplace now (compared to the "old" days of 2006 when this article was written), the discussion of social capital in games is even more… Continue reading Social Stratification in WoW