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Wednesday, February 26, 2003

As it turns out, I was a little premature in proclaiming XHTML compliance. I had used Dave Raggett's way-cool Tidy utility to clean up my code. I figured that was all I needed to do. Wrong. Tidy is utility, not a miracle worker.

Fortunately, the W3C has a spiffy markup validation service that can check HTML and XML files to see whether they're valid, comply with their stated standards, and so forth. It's free. It tells you, line by line, exactly what is wrong with your page. Once I got over my dismay, I set about fixing my pages. Now I'm proud to say that the home page, archive page, and haiku pages are valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional. Even the style sheet is certified kosher, thanks to a separate CSS validator.

Tuesday, February 25, 2003

tinywords.com is now XHTML compliant -- at least, the main parts are (including the home page, archive page, and all the pages for previously published haiku). The site has thus in one day leapfrogged completely over HTML 4.0 and landed squarely in the future, or at least the leading edge of the present.

More big changes are in the works right now, including some substantially cool new features. I'm setting this blog up as a simple way of keeping track of tinywords news -- of which I expect to be generating a fair amount -- and other interesting haiku news, if it seems warranted. Stay tuned.

tinywords topped 2,000 subscribers for the first time over the weekend. Woo hoo! That's an average of about 922 subscribers per year, or a little more than 2.5 new subscribers every day. OK, so it's not exactly earth-shattering growth, but it is pretty respectable for a site with zero advertising and marketing budget (and almost no promotion of any kind).

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