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Monday August 12, 2002
01:45 PM


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I have two QCs to look over, one recreational and one work. The recreational is QC1 of "Learning Cocoa with Objective C, 2nd edition". This represents a lot of work on the part of James Duncan Davidson, and is (I believe) a near-complete rewrite of the 1st edition. I'm looking forward to getting my head around Objective C.

The work QC is "Essential Blogging". This is QC2, the second quality check. But I think we may need a third--there are still problems like a zillion URLs ending in a / that shouldn't. (e.g., Gnash.

A QC is a quality control check. After an author turns in their final draft, it's converted to a publishing format (XML or Frame) and copyedited and line-broken. The result is sent out to authors and editor for checking--this is QC1. Then it's page broken, indexed, and sent out for QC2. QC2 is only a week or so before it goes to the printer.

So now I'm going through PDFs searching for "http://" and pointing out buggered URLs. Lucky me!


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  • While you're at it, please get rid of all the extraneous index.html URLs, too, as in instead of

    That's gotta be my #1 pet peeve of URLs anywhere.



    • I second that. :)

      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers

      If you know that the web server is going to server up index.html and that's the file you are interested in referencing, I can see no bothering other people with the filename. However, the copyeditors at ORA have no clue about web server configurations. For instance, I frequently have files in the DocumentIndex list. Sometimes I'll have both an index.html and an (one of them is probably out of date). I guess I'm happy enough with the explicit filenames as

      • URLs should be as short as possible, especially printed ones in a book. Anything that can shorten the typing (and potential errors) of the reader is good.

        As to having index.html and in the same directory, that's the whole point of NOT specifying a file. Say you started with, and now you realize you need some dynamic stuff. Now you have to point at If you'd just started with, then the index.html to transformation could have hap