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copyright office gone completely insane

The Copyright Office is taking comments (thank god) on the current preregistration system which supports Internet Explorer only. 70 FR 44878-79 (8/4): Preregistration of Certain Unpublished Copyright Claims [PDF] [seen on news.com via sivacracy; and zdnet via news.google]

Of course, comments are not being accepted electronically (and why not? It’s easy enough to write scripts accepting open source comments. Hell, they could probably borrow the FCC’s electronic comment system; that’s been up for years). Comments are DUE by Monday, Aug. 22, 2005.

If hand delivered by a private party, an original and five copies of any comment should be brought to Room LM-401 of the James Madison Memorial Building between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. and the envelope should be addressed as follows: Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Copyright Office, James Madison Memorial Building, Room LM-401, 101 Independence Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20559-6000. If hand delivered by a commercial courier, an original and five copies of any comment must be delivered to the Congressional Courier Acceptance Site located at Second and D Streets, NE., Washington, DC, between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. The envelope should be addressed as follows: Copyright Office General Counsel, Room LM-403, James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Avenue, SE., Washington, DC. If sent by mail, an original and five copies of any comment should be addressed to: Copyright GC/ I&R, P.O. Box 70400, Southwest Station, Washington, DC 20024-0400. Comments may not be delivered by means of overnight delivery services such as Federal Express, United Parcel Service, etc., due to delays in processing receipt of such deliveries.

speaking of typography …

character entities

why haven’t i done this before? for years i’ve labored with a minimal knowledge of iso9660 character entities, like &gt; for > and &lt; for < … while i suffered without the emdash, having to use the ugly two hyphen typographical method — very sad.

frustrated & with a few odd moments, i decided to find the emdash, which is &mdash;—oh the glory of the emdash!

also exciting: the ∼ [&sim;] which I use in handwriting to mean approximately (although I guess the ≈ [&asymp;] is more correct). And then there’s the ≠ [&ne;]. I also like ∞ [&infin;] and − [&minus;] and the ever-popular λ [&lambda;]. And I often use ƒ [&fnof;] in writing, as ƒal to mean “functional”.

While I’m here I’m going to say, once and for all, that the grave is the (left-to-right) downhill (as in Michèle), and the acute is the (left-to-right) uphill (as in café). Grave, grave, it sort of makes sense.

It looks like you can generate a Ø but nothing else? [&Oslash; generates Ø but &6slash; does not appear to generate &6slash;]

One must use § [&sect;] and © [&copy;] and ® [&reg;] and ¶ [&para;] and ™ [&trade;] and of course the bane of first-year law students, the π [&pi;] and δ [&delta;].

Even the old < and > can be improved with access to ≤ and ≥ [&le; and &ge;].

sorrows: the ∴ ∴ [&there4; or &#8756; or &2234;] [&8756; and &2234;] which seems to not be recognized by my browsers. likewise the &9792; [&9792;] and &9794; [&9794;].

… last but not least, thanks to this character entities page