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Saturday, January 10, 2004
If you build web sites, and you would like to add accessibility to the pages you design, there's a handy tool from the National Information and Library Service (NILS) of Australia - an Accessibility Toolbar.
It's in beta right now, so if you want to help test it, and offer suggestions to the builders, here's your opportunity.
Friday, January 09, 2004
sealed criminal dockets in Florida
A Florida reporter came across some paperwork in a criminal case that didn't seem to exist, when a clerk's mistake made it public for a few hours. It's not the only one. The Sun-Sentinal is reporting that a Miami federal court has a 'secret docket' to keep some cases hidden from public.
Where else might this be happening?
(Thanks again to DianeV, who brought this story to my attention.)
Looks like a good place for spammers to harvest email addresses
When an internet site promises that if you send them a message, they will not publish your phone number, address or email address on the web, you expect to be able to hold them to that standard. But what if it's too hard? What if it's part of the Department of Treasury?
The unusually large number of comments received on Notice No. 4 has made it difficult to remove all street addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses from the comments for posting on our Internet Web site in a timely manner.
Well, the agency passes a federal regulation stating that anyone who submitted their contact information has a limited amount of time to communicate that they don't want it published, and if they don't respond, then it will be. Problem solved.
Thursday, January 08, 2004
Seen this plot before?
I can think of at least one movie where a prisoner is being escorted by a law enforcement officer, and the two go off on a last road trip. As a plot goes, it's hard to believe that something like that could actually happen.
And, when it does, it's hard to believe that it actually happened.
Wednesday, January 07, 2004
Delaware River and Bay Watch
OK, the title for this post has been something I've threatened for a while - a blog that mixes the political intrigues and antics of the federal Delaware River and Bay Authority with the marketing sensibilities of the old Baywatch televison series.
The most recent set of questions surrounding the agency is whether the money earned from tolls on Delaware River Bridges should be used to spur the economic development of the City of Wilmington. An editorial in the local paper notes that New building projects in Wilmington don't include level playing field.
Maybe I will start that blog. I'll have to check and see if Pam Anderson is available to help work on it.
An interesting piece of commentary from Findlaw titled Do Symbolic Pardons Do More Harm than Good?, which looks at the pardoning of Lenny Bruce from obscenity charges in the early 60s and the pardoning of some Swiss Citizens who broke Swiss neutrality to help people escape from Nazi forces.
I find myself agreeing with the conclusion: "If Lenny Bruce were alive today, I'm sure he'd have a few choice words to say about what such a pardon is worth."
Monday, January 05, 2004
The world wide web's largest search engine will be trying out the IPO waters, likely sometime this spring with the assistance of Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs.
Will Google change much as a result of this public sale? There are a few people who have been stating that the search engine has already altered it's ranking system in anticipation of a public offering. If nothing else, this should be interesting. (Thanks, DianeV for pointing this out.)
Planning Roadways and the digital divide?
The Dover/Kent County Metropolitan Planning Organization is conducting a first for the State of Delaware. They are holding an Internet survey to help participants determine how federal funding might be spent on the roads of Kent County.
While it doesn't state on the organization's web site that they will or will not hold a specific public hearing on this subject, it appears that this survey is an attempt to provide an opportunity for people who might not be able to attend actual public workshops on the issue. I hope so. At least, I hope that they are holding a public hearing for those without online access who wish to participate.