Unicode Escape Formats

The escape syntax for Unicode characters in every language, format and notation I’ve ever seen, and quite a few beyond. Handy.

Scott Hanselman’s 2009 Tool List

Excellent round up of utilities, web sites and more for developers and power users. Only thing he missed is TSE 🙂


A drop-in replacement for Builder::XmlMarkup which uses libxml for speed and security. The README notes a slew of minor caveats so it’s not a perfect replacement, but it shouldn’t be hard to configurably switch between them as needed.

I !(heart) Rails

Ruby on Rails does some nifty things, trying to lull you into a false sense of submission – and then it springs this on you. For those unfamiliar with the glory and the horror that is RoR, let me enlighten you… Rails can parse incoming XML and hand it to you as a Hash. Makes…


XHTML 2 Cancelled

The charter for the XHTML2 Working Group — set to expire on December 31st, 2009 and will not be renewed. Hurray! I was never much of a fan of XHTML. HTML was hugely successfully because it was rather loose in what it accepts. Very approachable and modestly forgiving. XHTML was an XML purists delight, but…