A long post about a short journey

Chasing the dream of Micropub for Grav


Continuing my baby steps towards equipping Grav, which runs this, my main website, with a Micropub endpoint, it took me almost half a day to remember where I had got to. And about ten minutes to undo all my good work. Like the proverbial snail, though, I am now a little bit closer than I was, even if I had to drop down a bit to get here. And i (re)learned two important lessons: git; and small steps.

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This is my IndieWeb

Or, at any rate, a part of it

Mildred Marianne asked How do you define #IndieWeb? and a couple of us weighed in. My own brief answer concluded "More a state of mind than a thing, I'd say" but Chris Aldrich went into a lot more detail. His piece is well worth checking out in detail, as it offers a bird's eye view of all the different things the IndieWeb is and could be. I might take issue with singling out the country of America for his metaphor as being a tad parochial, but one could choose any reasonably democratic place instead.

I want to respond to a little thing. In questioning the closed nature of the big silos, Chris asks parenthetically: Would you use your phone to only call friends who use AT&T?

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I yam who I yam

Trying to understand authorisation. Or do I mean authentication?

One of the key problems online is to prove that you are who you say you are. If you are, then I can allow you to do certain things.

These two things are usually called authentication and authorisation.

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An even better h-card

After patting myself on the back for adding an h-card to my page of latest posts, friends pointed out that I could use the <data> element rather than choosing not to display the h-card information. One good reason to do this is that screen readers ignore this information, which must be a bonus for anyone who accesses my stuff that way.

The Partial template now reads:

<div class="h-card">
<data class="u-url" value="https://jeremycherfas.net"></data>
<data class="p-name" value="Jeremy Cherfas"></data>
<data class="u-photo" value ="https://www.jeremycherfas.net/user/plugins/aboutme/assets/avatars/zoot.jpg"></data> 

And all the other logic remains exactly the same as before.

Another little tweak: because all my bookmarks from reading.am are now automatically brought back to my stream, I am removing them from the sidebar here.

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I spent a little time fixing up the way this site presents my h-card on the summary of blog posts. In case you're wondering, an h-card is a way of presenting information about yourself or your organisation on your website that makes it easy for other websites to identify you with your work, for example in webmentions.

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