I've finally completed the dinking of Pun Salad posts into HTML5 compliance, at least according to the W3C Validator, all the way back to post number one in February 2005. Mostly mechanical tag-tweaking, but I couldn't avoid at least looking at some of the older content. A mixed bag of observations:
I know I'm supposed to make some self-disparaging comments
about how silly and amateurish my old posts are. But (as it turns out)
the newer posts are equally silly and amateurish.
Ahem. Just kidding. False modesty aside: other than gradual changes in my posting style, I think the old stuff holds up pretty well.
The further back in time I went, the more work it
was to hammer things into compliance. The first few Salad
years were really anarchic, HTML-standardswise.
URL characters, mostly
ampersands, are tricky, because
most browsers let you get away with using them, and most
sites encourage you to cut-n-paste them. But the Validator
gripes, so they
had to be found
Embarrassingly, back in 2005-2006, I had no idea how to make a compliant
list, putting in
<p>tags in unacceptable spots. And, as you may have noticed, I use them bullets a lot. Edit, edit, edit… slowly and tediously.
Speaking of ellipses,
I also had the annoying habit of leaving off the semicolon
of HTML character entities. (E.g.,
…) I think older browsers might have taken a more "oh, I know what you meant to do there" attitude. These days, it just looks lazy and stupid and ugly. Fixed, I hope.
For some reason, I took a lot of "online quizzes" in the past.
military aircraft are you?") and mindlessly cut-n-pasted the HTML
into an article.
As it turned out, those quiz composers didn't much care about HTML5 compliance back then either. In some cases I just had to give up.
The number of dead links is depressing and embarrassing. (I left
them in, though.) Depressing, because things I thought interesting
enough to link to are now lost;
embarrassing, because sometimes there's no indication
what was going on: essentially, "hey this is neat" with a
non-working link. What was I thinking? We'll never know.
Especially noticeable: YouTube videos that were yanked due to copyright reasons. (In some cases, I was able to find alternate sources.)
I also got to remember some bloggers I once linked to all the time,
but now have gone on to… well, wherever you go after you stop
"Robert Musil", the Man Without Qualities: the blog is still there, but the latest post is dated March
Katie Newmark had the best title for her blog: "A Constrained Vision",
a nod to
Conflict of Visions.. But attempting to go there nowadays
brings up "It's
All about Volkswagen", a blog that the
current owner never bothered to post to. A waste of a good URL!
New Hampshire's own Shawn Macomber, doesn't do the blog thing any more
but I found him here.
Virginia Postrel explains
that she now is mainly found at Twitter and Facebook.
Mackie Paisley Passey is still findable, but Googling also
brings up a lot of stuff I bet she'd rather forget.
- "Robert Musil", the Man Without Qualities: the blog is still there, but the latest post is dated March 2007.
And not that it matters, but as I was cranking through the old articles, I tried (and I think mostly succeeded) to regularize the links on my movie/book postings to Amazon and IMDB. I especially like the look of the "rating plugin" link provided by IMDB.