Raymond’s 2005 MVP Global Summit event diary

Date:September 26, 2005 / year-entry #280
Orig Link:https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/oldnewthing/20050926-16/?p=34033
Comments:    21
Summary:In case those coming into town for the 2005 MVP Global Summit were interesting in chatting with me, here's my event diary for this week. (Non-native-English-speaking MVPs can hover over the highlighted words for a translation from slang into "standard American-English".) Even though it's not affiliated with the MVP Global Summit, I'll mention it anyway...

In case those coming into town for the 2005 MVP Global Summit were interesting in chatting with me, here's my event diary for this week. (Non-native-English-speaking MVPs can hover over the highlighted words for a translation from slang into "standard American-English".)

  • Even though it's not affiliated with the MVP Global Summit, I'll mention it anyway since it happens the same week: I'll be at CodeSlam on Tuesday night. The name is a play on Poetry Slam, but instead of reciting poetry, you share your code. If you're an MVP with a cool app you want to contribute to CodeGallery, and you want to be part of the biggest geek slumber party in Redmond, let me know. I can bring one guest. (However, since I am old and decrepit and have a job to go to the following morning, I probably won't last the whole night.)
  • I am trying to finagle a ticket to the Windows Shell/User MVP dinner on Thursday evening.
  • If I can't get a ticket to the MVP dinner, I'll definitely crash the Windows Shell/User MVP lunch on Friday.
  • I'll pop by the MVP Barbecue on Saturday to touch base with the MVPs in disciplines other than Windows Shell/User.

If you want to be sure to catch me, drop me a line and I'll try to make time to see you. Note, however, that I'm doing this outside of my "regular job", so please be a bit understanding if a work emergency forces me to do some last-minute rescheduling.

[Colors fixed 8:30am; sorry I was half-asleep when I wrote this entry.]

Comments (21)
  1. tester says:

    this is a test. sorry

  2. Anonymous Coward says:

    Have you looked at the page with Firefox? It looks like you have been censored :-)

  3. Bryan says:

    Er, yeah, black text on a dark blue background is pretty much totally unreadable. But it looks that way in IE, too; it’s not just a Firefox thing.

    The problem is the inline style on those anchor tags. You can’t do "text: color: windowtext;", for one, as that’s not valid CSS syntax. You also shouldn’t be using "color: windowtext;" at all, because the "window text" color is black, not white. You probably meant "color: highlighttext;" instead.

    (Also, if it’s not a hyperlink, an anchor tag is probably not the best one to use. span is probably better. But that’s fairly minor.)

  4. Centaur says:

    The WTF is in using highlight colors where a simple, unobtrusive "border-bottom: 1px dotted" will do.

    By the way, hiding footnotes in “title” attributes is not very Accessible; I am not only speaking about lynx and links browsers, but Pocket Internet Explorer too. There’s just no mouse to hover with, and the de-facto standard equivalent of hovering, tap-and-hold, opens the context menu.

  5. Sorry about the colors. I wrote this entry in a hurry, and I considered the dotted border but decided against it because um I forget, I think because I wanted to reserve the possibility of changing my link style to dotted someday.

    That "testing" guy scares me. What’s he testing? And why is he testing it here?

  6. Mike Dunn says:

    Wow, posters bringing up accessibility problems in a humorous blog post… Sara Ford would be proud. ;)

  7. Ulric says:

    I like this… the bubble help for "Drop Me Line" is "Write me a note". It’s all much clearer now. Typical engineering-written help. :-)

  8. Ivan says:

    since when is "drop me a line" slang, or even American English? It’s standard English, and I’m sure I’ve heard "pop by" used in the UK too.


  9. Travis Owens says:

    Yea those blue highlights are very annoying, please don’t do that again :)

  10. Mihai says:

    I will be looking for you.

    Not sure how and when, it’s my first time and I have no clue what to expect.

    But I hope to find you :-)

  11. Bramster says:


    Are the timestamps on comments specified on Pacific Daylight Time?

    Would it be possible to include a UTC time?

    for those of us who don’t live on the other coast?

  12. Sorry, I don’t control the software that runs this site. (It looks like the timestamps are Eastern Time – go figure.)

  13. Antonio says:

    The EST timezone thingy is great. Now I can relate myself very easily… 3PM UTC (back from dinner) == 8AM EST (posting time)

  14. Gabor Kulcsar says:


    I think it’s really cool that you put the explanation of these slang words in the text! As a non-native English speaker I appreciate it very much. I wish everybody else did the same…

  15. Yeah, whatever says:

    I’m not sure that Raymond was just thinking of making it clear for not native speakers, Gabor. He probably has something up his sleeve.

  16. Vorn says:

    the colors are screwed up on Safari – the text of the slangs are white, so I can’t see them at all.


  17. James Curran says:

    Oh, Sure… The first MVP summit in 10 years that I’m not invited to (Lost my MVP status a few months ago..), and it’s the one you come to.

  18. MSDN Archive says:

    It was great to see you at CodeSlam last night, Raymond. I hope you enjoyed the event. My only regret is that I didn’t get a chance to hang out with you for longer than I did.


  19. GAThrawn says:

    Rather than putting anchor tags in and covering them with all sorts of strange CSS, had you thought of using the standard ABBR (abbreviation) tag, to mark up your slang terms?

    This is close enough to its designed purpose (indicating abbreviated words or terms, and offering an expansion) that I’m sure no one could quibble with your usage.

    And as an added bonus if specify a TITLE property on an ABBR tag, then most modern web browsers will automatically give the enclosed text a dotted underline and will show the contents of the TITLE when hovered over, you can then apply any further highlighting through the page’s stylesheet, safe in the knowledge that it will only affect the words you want it to (rather than using an anchor tag, which is presumably why you’ve supplied the styling inline in each tag).

    (I know Internet Explorer 6 has a funny quirk where it only supports one of the ABBR and ACRONYM tags, but I can’t remember which one off the top of my head, so this could be why you didn’t use it, I suppose, however every other modern browser supports both, and you could just use the one that works in IE).

  20. Kelli Zielinski says:

    You actually didn’t need a ticket for Thursday (although you seem to have found that out just fine, or got one anyway). We went to pick up our badges, and as it turned out, they said they weren’t required for the events in the cafeterias.

    But, we wanted them anyway because we really didn’t want people to think we were just party crashing for food (because we both have interaction with the MVPs on the newsgroups and chats, we were supposed to be there!). :) We found a couple of Shell/User guys who we had a great conversation with. It was very cool.

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