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Australian Open Source Developers' Conference

by EventHorizon (Novice)
on Jul 13, 2005 at 05:08 UTC ( #474457=perlnews: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

OSDC 2005 is up and running.

The second Australian OSDC (Open Source Developers' Conference) will be held on the 5th, 6th and 7th of December 2005 at Monash University in Melbourne.

The 2004 Conference, run by Melbourne Perl Mongers, was an outstanding success with over 160 delegates attending, including a significant number from interstate and overseas.

In 2005, OSDC will be even bigger and better.

The conference web site is: here

Comment on Australian Open Source Developers' Conference
On writing hyperlinks (was Re: Australian Open Source Developers' Conference)
by merlyn (Sage) on Jul 13, 2005 at 06:15 UTC
    G'day!

    As a meta-comment, that last line:

    The conference web site is: <a href="http://www.osdc.com.au/">here</a>
    reads betters as:
    See <a href="http://www.osdc.com.au/">the conference web site</a> for +details.
    Or better yet, omit it entirely, and hyperlink the first appearance (the OSDC 2005 in the first line), and people will know that clicking there does the right thing.

    This serves two purposes:

    1. A bookmark made from the link will already have the right label.
    2. The text will read naturally, without synthetic constructs introduced simply for the purpose of making it webby. (Read your original version out loud to a friend, and you'll spot the unnatural construction.)

    -- Randal L. Schwartz, Perl hacker
    Be sure to read my standard disclaimer if this is a reply.

      I would argue that the manner of providing a hyperlink is an entirely personal one.. I was quite easily able to find and follow the link provided and, indeed, my browser was able to display where the link was going to as I waved my mouse over it. I would have preferred to read a comment related to the topic as the first response to the thread (that is my personal opinion).

      update: merlyn's post below is misguided. I was not annoyed in the slightest about a more verbose link. But I felt the response to the thread was petty and unrelated to the thread.. especially given the length of the response, quite a lecture there! I am a big supporter of the notion "Be liberal in what you accept, and conservative in what you send".. so merlyn appears to have misinterpreted this very post. I'm just sorry an informative thread has been misdirected to such a large extent.

        I would have preferred to read a comment related to the topic as the first response to the thread
        So, you're perfectly fine to click a link called "here" while hunting down more information, but you're annoyed when the link you click on that says "On writing hyperlinks (was Re: Australian Open Source Developers' Conference)" doesn't refer directly to the topic? Your inconsistency confuses me.

        And I'll argue that writing for the web is not exactly a matter of personal preference. It's about communication, which both the sender and receiver use common ground for the sharing of facts and ideas. What I posted was a request to help the communication happen for everyone, regardless of what you feel like doing in the privacy of your own cube.

        Sure, you can argue "the manner of providing a hyperlink is an entirely personal one", but I can use that same argument to say "I'm going to write all my web pages in Esperanto". Both of them will rule out ease of use for some (most, all) of the potential readers.

        -- Randal L. Schwartz, Perl hacker
        Be sure to read my standard disclaimer if this is a reply.

      Hello Randal,

      All true enough.

      And hopefully my submission will also soon appear here ;-)

      - Simon Taylor

      P.S. The weather in Melbourne in Decemeber is very nice, and last year's conference was quite a buzz. Those of you in the Northern Hemisphere who are reading this post should seriously consider a trip down south!

        Those of you in the Northern Hemisphere who are reading this post should seriously consider a trip down south!
        My trips down south have to be limited to countries that don't reject my applications to visit. Apparently, Australia has enough felons already. But thanks for the invite. I'll be visiting Brasil more often instead. (Besides, it's a shorter flight {grin}).

        -- Randal L. Schwartz, Perl hacker
        Be sure to read my standard disclaimer if this is a reply.

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