There’s no question that Firefox has transitioned from a niche technophile browser into mainstream awareness. However, at the same time the public opinion of Firefox may not be as rosy as everyone wants to believe. Read the rest of this entry …

§403 · November 7, 2007 · Firefox, Questions, Software, Technology, Web · Comments Off on Mainstream Firefox Awareness ·


I’m working on my first Firefox extension – an attempt to get Firefox to support some version of XPointer that will work on HTML documents. Read the rest of this entry …

§401 · October 29, 2007 · Firefox, Questions, Software, Technology, Web, XML · 2 comments ·


Lots of talk these days about allowing SVG inline with text/html content. I thought I’d try and put some thoughts down. Read the rest of this entry …

§400 · October 19, 2007 · Questions, Software, SVG, Technology, Web · 4 comments · Tags: ,


Today I wanted to send a link to a specific location in this web page. If you’re curious, go to the link and search in the page for “square bracket notation”. Unfortunately, the web page does not identify that section in the source. Is there any way to do this with today’s modern browsers (Firefox, Opera, Safari)?

What I’m looking for is something like SVG Fragment Identifiers where you can use XPointer syntax in the URL to navigate to a specific section of a document. Before I spend time learning XPointer syntax, can anyone tell me if any HTML browsers support it as fragments in the URLs?

Another option is to link to a cached page from a specific Google Search, but it still requires the user to scroll down to the highlighted section. It’s a shame that Google doesn’t insert specific anchors into the web page for this very purpose. It might make some web authors angry that Google mucks about with their source, but this is a case where I don’t mind – authors should learn to properly identify portions of their documents. This becomes increasingly important for mobile devices with those smaller screens.

§397 · October 9, 2007 · Google, Questions, Software, Technology, Web · 1 comment ·


I added some Environment Variables to my Windows operating system recently (right-click on My Computer, Properties, Advanced, Environment Variables). I was wondering if there is any way from an existing Command Prompt to pick those up. I know that all Command Prompt instances after this point will have those new environment variables defined, but I was just curious if there was an easy way to get an existing Command Prompt instance to “re-source” its environment variables.

On the other hand, is there any way to add a System Environment Variable to Windows from the command prompt?

§396 · October 3, 2007 · Microsoft, Questions, Software, Technology, Tips, Windows · 2 comments · Tags: