Boing Boing: A web tool that converts PDF scientific papers into HTML

Boing Boing: A web tool that converts PDF scientific papers into HTML. “The folks at the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence just released an intriguing tool — ‘Paper to HTML’, which lets you upload a scientific paper and it turns it into an HTML web page. The goal, as they wrote in their email, is to improve accessibility: Screen-readers and accessibility tech usually finds it a lot easier to parse HTML than PDFs.” Ooo!

Digital Inspiration: How to Convert HTML to PDF with Google Script

Digital Inspiration: How to Convert HTML to PDF with Google Script. “With Google Apps Script, you can easily convert any HTML content into a PDF file. The converted PDF file can be either saved to a folder in your Google Drive, you can email the file as an attachment or the use the UrlFetchApp service of Apps Script to post the PDF file to an external service like Amazon S3 or Dropbox.”

Neowin: Google brings Grasshopper programming instruction tool to the desktop

Neowin: Google brings Grasshopper programming instruction tool to the desktop. “With the expansion onto the desktop, two new classes have been added to Grasshopper which are specifically designed for use on desktops and laptops and use a code editor. The aim of the classes is to give an introduction to developing webpages. The Intro to Webpages course will teach users the basics of JavaScript, HTML, and CSS in order to get them building simple webpages.”

Boing Boing: The “One HTML Page Challenge”, a great example of view-source culture

Boing Boing: The “One HTML Page Challenge”, a great example of view-source culture. “Behold the “One HTML Page Challenge” — to build a one-page site using just the code in a single html file: ‘Practice your skills with no assistance from libraries, no separation of files, and no assistance of a modern framework.’” Giving me all the nostalgic feels.

The Next Web: GitHub’s Learning Lab launches free courses on open source collaboration and HTML

The Next Web: GitHub’s Learning Lab launches free courses on open source collaboration and HTML. “Earlier this year, GitHub announced Learning Lab — a portion of the site where users can learn the fundamentals of GitHub, and get advice on how to migrate to the service from other platforms. This was a smart move from GitHub. Learning Lab is growing rapidly, both in terms of users and content, and the company yesterday launched four new courses on the platform.”

ProBlogger: A Simple and Non-Scary Guide to HTML for Bloggers

ProBlogger: A Simple and Non-Scary Guide to HTML for Bloggers. “Today, I’ll explain what HTML is, what it looks like, how it works, and why it’s important for bloggers to have a basic grasp of it. By the end of the post, you’ll be able to write your own simple HTML code (and I promise it’ll be much easier than you think). Note: In this post, all instructions are for self-hosted WordPress blogs. But the HTML code itself will always be the same, regardless of what platform you use.” This is a good guide for folks who spend most of their writing time in an CMS and don’t know too much about HTML.

Hybrid Pedagogy: Education in the (Dis)Information Age

Hybrid Pedagogy: Education in the (Dis)Information Age. “The oldest and simplest of internet technologies, the hyperlink and the ‘new’ kind of text it affords — hypertext — is the foundational language of the internet, HyperText Markup Language (HTML). Hypertext connects all the disparate pieces of the web together. And it’s Sci-Fi name isn’t an accident. It’s hyperdrive for the internet, bending information space so that any user can travel galaxy-scale information distances with a small movement of a finger. The hyperlink still remains one of the most powerful elements of the web. In fact, I’d argue that the hyperlink is our most potent weapon in the fight against disinformation.”

Make Use Of: 5 Best Free Online HTML Editors to Test Your Code

Make Use Of: 5 Best Free Online HTML Editors to Test Your Code . “HTML runs the modern world. True, if you ask anybody what it takes to be a web developer, they’ll tell you all about JavaScript web frameworks, Python web frameworks, web programming practices, etc. Yet underneath all of that, HTML is what holds it all together. There is no web without HTML, and you need to know how to edit it if you want to do any kind of web work. But setting up a robust HTML editing workflow in Sublime Text or Visual Studio Code may be overkill if you aren’t working on a full-blown project. For times when you just want to fiddle around with a small snippet of HTML so you can tweak it to your liking, an online HTML editor will serve you better.”

MakeUseOf: Fix HTML Formatting Using Simple Shell Scripting

MakeUseOf: Fix HTML Formatting Using Simple Shell Scripting . “If you often write HTML in an editor and then paste into WordPress, you’ll notice that sometimes annoying formatting tags (like tags) are added. Using simple shell scripts, you can automatically clean up that garbage HTML formatting with a few simple commands. Why use shell scripting? If you’re new to programming, it’s much, much better to start small. Not only are you less likely to give up, but you’ll have opportunities to stop and learn along the way. That said, your first programs can be really useful even if they’re also really simple.” A gentle introduction if you’re pretty computer savvy but don’t know a lot about shell scripting.

Phys.org: The only safe email is text-only email

Phys.org: The only safe email is text-only email. “Most people tend to think that it’s users’ fault when they fall for phishing scams: Someone just clicked on the wrong thing. To fix it, then, users should just stop clicking on the wrong thing. But as security experts who study malware techniques, we believe that thinking chases the wrong problem. The real issue is that today’s web-based email systems are electronic minefields filled with demands and enticements to click and engage in an increasingly responsive and interactive online experience. It’s not just Gmail, Yahoo mail and similar services: Desktop-computer-based email programs like Outlook display messages in the same unsafe way.”

Easily Convert Plain Text to HTML Lists

Web Design Ledger has a quick writeup on Listify, which lets you enter plain text and get HTML-formatted lists. “You simply input a raw text list of items and choose an ordered/unordered list format. You’ll also be able to specify if each list item should have an ID or various classes. You can choose spacing counts for indentations along with many other similar settings.” Handy tool.