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Things I've been working on lately are
- Fixing up this web site. I tried working with some web designers on fiverr.com to create a usable site that would work well on mobile, organized by topic. There's still several things that I need to do. But what do you think?
- restoring Interlisp-D to usability (as a kind of Vintage Software). recapture the sense of fluidity in the development cycle that I've not encountered since, perhaps as part of the Computer History Museum and/or the Internet Archive.
- A better foundation for a theory of documents. Metadata is a way of preserving context. Trust is an inclination to beleve assertions of the trusted party. Move away from denotation semantics and a possible worlds model to one based on Shannon-style information theory. The nature of the evolution of Standards vs. evolution of Open Source, depending on the authority of the ownership of well-known names like "http" or "GET".
- Long-term archiving of documents. If we are going to live in an all-digital world, we have to have a way of keeping documents for hundreds of years with little risk of accidental or malicious destruction or unintended distribution.
- Along the way, I want to archive all my own stuff: papers, notes, memos, private documents, emails. Lots Of Copies Keeps Stuff Safe (LOCKSS) is my main guide.
- Internationalization of URLs is not a solved problem, and the problem is exacerbated by the poor attention to URLs in those developing Unicode for domain names. I tried to get this going 10 years ago, but failed to get enough participation in the IETF. Maybe ICANN or Unicode Consortium could help.
- Explaining the jokes of RFC 2324, HTCPCP (The "HyperText Coffee Pot Control Protocol"), and what exactly I was poking fun at.
- Working on Open Data with or without PDF.