Monthly Archives: July 2006

Moved to WordPress 2.0 from Drupal 4.6

Drupal is a nice system if you need an advanced CMS-like environment. Which I didn’t.

Hence I moved to WordPress, since I need a well-maintained piece of weblog software. The only downside at the moment is that it is written in PHP.

Conversion was not too hard. I followed directions as posted on http://spindrop.us/2006/05/19/migrating-from-drupal-47-to-wordpress and only had to change some things.

I want to keep the category ‘Uncategorized’ in order to have a sane default. So you can perhaps just leave out the ‘delete from wp_categories;’ step. Furthermore I had to use this SQL statement in order to move the posts over, since I was running Drupal 4.6:
[sql]INSERT INTO wp_posts (id, post_date, post_content, post_title, post_excerpt, post_name, post_modified)
SELECT DISTINCT n.nid FROM_UNIXTIME(created), body, n.title, teaser, REPLACE(REPLACE(REPLACE(REPLACE(LOWER(n.title), ‘ ‘, ‘-‘), ‘.’, ‘_’), ‘,’, ‘_’), ‘+’, ‘_’), FROM_UNIXTIME(changed)
FROM drupal.node n
WHERE type=’blog’ OR type=’page';
[/sql]

Take back the web!

The standards body we thought would help us get the Internet better in shape is actually dying at the hands of elitist members.

The Internet started with open standards and code that formed the IP stack with the BSD Unix software. Later Tim Berners Lee and other people ensured we were able to work with HTML and all these specifications were open and people actively worked to get innovation and fixes in.

Now, since a number of years the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has become the domain where the ones who can pay the membership fees ($50.000 seems normal) get a voice and individuals without such backing are left in the cold.

For some examples, read:

http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-qa-dev/2006Jul/0011
http://www.zeldman.com/2006/07/17/an-angry-fix/
http://www.alistapart.com/articles/tohellwithwcag2/
http://www.dzr-web.com/people/darren/blog/2006/07/12/is-the-w3c-failing-us/