I've posted about this several times before, both on this Web log as well as in W3C mailing lists such as www-talk, but people were asking me about this recently, so I've put together this new document explaining why in my opinion it makes no sense to send XHTML as text/html, like so many people are doing.
I mentioned earlier that Simon Willison had linked to a post by Adrian Holovaty on the blogite mailing list (which I have now subscribed to, by the way) asking what to do about time zones on Web logs. Well, I got a reply from Nicolás Lichtmier suggesting a nice piece of XBL that would, for Mozilla users at least, fix up the time stamps to be in the user's local time zone. Thanks Nicolás! I have cleaned up the XBL a little and it should now be happily converting the times on this site into the most convenient time for you!
While surfing the web I ran across a link to Mozilla Bug 121084 (please do not comment on this bug unless you are attaching a fix — there are enough comments there already). The bug's summary is currently:
cache: Images requested twice -> "The image cannot be displayed, because it contains errors." message [when "Compare the page in cache ..." set to "every time I view the page"]
This bug is most amusing. First, it is most visible on sites which block external links to their images. By far the most common examples of such sites are porn sites. In fact, the bug was found on a porn site. Now take a look at the length of the CC list on that bug.
Third, the alternative test for this bug is fun to watch (reload the page to see the effect). In fact, the whole bug (from a technical perspective) is quite fun. Every time we view an image standalone, we load it twice. You know, just to be sure. I can just imagine the kind of screwed up code path that would result in that kind of behaviour.
My laptop's hard drive is making some very unhealthy noises. (Regular readers will know that this is a long standing issue.) However, despite these highly suspect noises, there are no error messages. Not even after running chkdsk several thousand times (literally, I wrote a batch file which just kept running it). Grr. Very annoying, because I need an error message from Windows to convince Dell that the disk is damaged.