links for 2008-10-16

  • This research tool is built on top of the Yahoo! Search Site Explorer API and the Delicious API. It uses the YUI Library and Paul Johnston's MD5 algorithm, both available under the BSD license. Jenny Han Donnelly wrote the YUI DataTable that displays the inlink data; Dav Glass wrote the YUI Layout Manager that provides the application shell. All data is retrieved cross-domain using Adam Moore's YUI Get Utility. Local Storage is implemented using Paul Duncan's PersistJS. This is a quick hack with many bugs, and the UI is off-the-shelf, but it may provide interesting data. More details here.
  • Introducing Stanza — read eBooks on your Mac or PC and share with your iPhone, iPod Touch, & Kindle.
  • The .epub is a standard for eBooks created by the International Digital Publishing Forum. It consists of basic XHTML for the book content, XML for descriptions, and a re-named zip file to hold it all in. Anyone can make these eBooks, and since they're essentially just XHTML, anyone can read them.
  • The IDPF's work in standards development occurs within the structure of Working Groups. The following specifications have been approved by the membership and officially published or are in the official IDPF output process:

    Current Specifications

    ".epub" is the file extension of an XML format for reflowable digital books and publications. ".epub" is composed of three open standards, the Open Publication Structure (OPS), Open Packaging Format (OPF) and Open Container Format (OCF), produced by the IDPF. ".epub" allows publishers to produce and send a single digital publication file through distribution and offers consumers interoperability between software/hardware for unencrypted reflowable digital books and other publications. The Open eBook Publication Structure or "OEB", originally produced in 1999, is the precursor to OPS.

  • django-rcsfield is a field (like models.TextField) for the Django web framework which – under the hood – versionizes it's content. The 'rcs' in the name is short for revision control system.