inessential by Brent Simmons


I'm debating getting a latte. (Double-short iced.) Lattes contain milk, the devil's drink. It's a gamble. I could go to hell.

Because I'm truly a geek, I guess, or truly obsessed, or just weird or ill-adjusted or something, over my vacation I checked out Apple's HTML rendering library.

It appears to be easy to embed, doesn't require C++ or any weird frameworks (like Microsoft's stuff does). The sample code looked quite straightforward.

On the other hand, it's weak. It has no built-in TCP functionality -- it only renders local files or buffers. If you click on an http link, it opens in your default browser.

It supports HTML 3.2, not HTML 4 or 4.0.1. It appears not to support CSS or JavaScript. (Correct me if I'm wrong. The docs aren't very specific about the limitations.)

You can't select text -- the HTML rendering is more like an image than text.

I'm back from vacation. It was great! Now back to work... song of the day: They Might Be Giants "Istanbul (not Constantinople)."

Istanbul was Constantinople
Now it's Istanbul not Constantinople
Been a long time gone
Now a Turkish delight
on a moonlit night

Every gal in Constantinople
lives in Istanbul not Constantinople
So if you have a date
in Constantinople
She'll be waiting in Istanbul

Even old New York was once New Amsterdam
Why'd they change it I can't say --
people just liked it better that way...