User talk:TimBray

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I noticed your image (Image:IMG 2831.jpg) of Vancouver at Talk:Vancouver, British Columbia. It's a great picture, but the filename is unfortunately non-descriptive. Unfortunately, it isn't possible to rename images once they are uploaded. Would you mind re-uploading it as "Vancouver, British Columbia, aerial view, north-facing.jpg" or something similarly descriptive?  — Saxifrage |  09:39, Jan 10, 2005 (UTC)


"Nouvel Ontario" is the French name of what's called Northern Ontario in English. It has no connection to the literal translation of "nouvel". Bearcat 10:19, 11 January 2006 (UTC)

Contributing to XML and Atom pages[edit]

Hello Tim,

It would be great if you could also contribute to the XML and Atom Wikipedia pages.


Wish u a HAPPY 2009[edit]

Happy New Year TimBray!!!! I wish for you and your family to have a wonderful 2009!!! Have fun partying and may you make many edits!!!

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-RavichandarMy coffee shop 12:58, 7 January 2009 (UTC)

Hi grt to meet you here. I'm quite a novice to XML and in the learning process still. Nevertheless, it is one of the coolest things around and has simplified database interactions a great deal. Thank you very much for you contribution:-)-RavichandarMy coffee shop 12:58, 7 January 2009 (UTC)


It seems to me that you are a renown computer scientist. And so, a mere computer science undergraduate asks you my humble question. I like to travel, will I get any of that if I become a computer science? —Preceding unsigned comment added by DarkKunai (talkcontribs) 03:46, 6 April 2009 (UTC)

Criticism of XML[edit]

Hello, I tried to create a new article with the list of critics for the XML article (to remove the bloat), but it is in danger of being reincorporated in the main article. If you have an opinion about it (even entirely removing the list), you're welcome. see here for the Afd; Hervegirod (talk) 00:42, 6 August 2009 (UTC)

Any help with the new Comparison of data serialization formats article would be appreciated. --Cybercobra (talk) 18:12, 18 August 2009 (UTC)


Hi. If "nobody knows what this is about", then how it can be there? Just in case? As I wrote in the talk page it seems to me that much of the chapter has obvious OR issues. What do you believe? To me, everybody can have an opinion about his sexuality but he needs refs to write about it. And according to the WP policy, that, cannot be primary sources since we are supposedly not authors or researchers but encyclopaedia's writers using OR, not writting OR. I would appreciate your opinion about, preferably given in the article's talk page as to give the opportunity to other editors to participate in the discussion. Thanks,--Factuarius (talk) 07:32, 20 December 2009 (UTC)

Glad to hear that. Be our guest. I cannot call myself a L. scholar but I do believe that arguments like that his rape is disputed because the officer had possibly sodomized him, lived an honourable post war life is not OR, is just stupidity. To be honest with you I must say that I believe that L. during the last part of his life became annoying to many, both persons and organized interests, and in some extent this continued until the present days; if you understand what I mean. For this reason I also suspect that he became an easy target for discrediting efforts even during his life, and his questionable personal life was the most efficient way to that. But I may be wrong. Anyway I will be happy to participate in the discussion and I will be all eyes to see more of you in the discussion you want to open. Also feel free to use my talk page for anything that I may be helpful in your effort. Take your time, I will refrain from any edits until you will be happy with the refs you want to find. Cheers, --Factuarius (talk) 01:43, 21 December 2009 (UTC)
OK --Factuarius (talk) 18:10, 31 December 2009 (UTC)
OK--Factuarius (talk) 18:35, 31 December 2009 (UTC)
Thanks for your msg but I never thought of them. I only believed that your personal opinion that he was gay played what I thought an obvious role in your final text. Anyway gland to here what you said. --Factuarius (talk) 19:41, 3 January 2010 (UTC)

Unicode and XML[edit]

Judging by the instability of the section XML#Details_on_valid_characters, there seems to be a lack of clarity over which characters are allowed when in XML. Any chance you could take a look and clear it up? Thanks, --Cybercobra (talk) 20:43, 4 August 2010 (UTC)

XML history[edit]

Hi Tim, a bit confused to see your edits dtd 15 Sep. '11 weeks' are from Jon Bosak's paper that was linked (there's very little wiggle room considering that work started at the end of August and SGML'96 opened on Nov 18). In case you have different recollections wrt to start and/or end of that initial work (since you corrected that part), what are your own estimates?
Another thing, I think history section is somewhat sloppily written and could be better (see my comments on the talk page). Do you agree? Andy Monakov (talk) 13:00, 19 September 2011 (UTC)

ongoing lawrence[edit]

I read your 'ongoing' essay on lawrence but could not see any way to comment there.

Firstly, perhaps, you list a reference to Lawrence desiring to be beaten to the point of ejacualtion. To the best of my knowledge this is unusual behaviour, but I find it difficult to square with a claim that someone is asexual. More suggestive that the nature of his sexuality was something he was unlikely to admit to anyone. In which light, his own denials even to close friends about his sexuality might also be regarded as questionable. There are some things you do not discuss with anyone. Vyvyan Richard's comment regarding Lawrence's apparent unawareness of Richard's affections might signify instead Lawrence's way of dealing with an affection he did not reciprocate but nor did he wish to reject. Indeed he might have welcomed such attentions on condition he did not have to respond to them. In a complex situation like this Lawrence might deliberately have been separating Richards from his sexual side, not wishing to change their relationship into something rather darker, or which he felt Richards might not have been able to accept. Obviously, i have no evidence for this, but I can think of a real life example. My point is one which perhaps you have concluded yourself, the evidence is inadequate. You also quote lawrence "It doesn’t feel to me nearly so bad as my true story.” I wouldnt assume he was referring to the documented incident at Dera'a, which is the one he admits to, perhaps because it was entirely involuntary and therefore respectable.

The passages you quote where Lawrence suggests that inequality of men and women makes relationships between them impossible, "Yet this same agreement, by denying equality of sex, made love, companionship and friendliness impossible between man and woman," seems to me to fly in the face of reality. Men and women are drawn together by mutual attraction despite heaven and earth standing between them, yet Lawrence does not seem to understand this. I couldnt say whether Lawrence is rationalising for the benefit of the sensibilities of his readers, or for his own conscience, but it sounds to me like a rationalisation of a total failure to be drawn to women while bonding with men.

As to poem to SA, I see wiki says it was significantly written by Graves. Sounds like anyone trying to perceive its true meaning needs to look at the version before Graves input. I dont suppose we have this?

Abstinence: the quotes are rather odd. "For myself, I haven’t tried it, & hope not to.” So clearly there is some situation in which he might though he hopes it will not occur. "the impulse strong enough to touch another creature has not yet been born in me.” I found a longer version of this, "I suppose you will not print it? Not that it anywhere says too much: but it shows far more than it says: and these things are mysteries. The turks, as you probably know (or have guessed, through the reticence of the Seven Pillars) did it to me, by force: and since then I have gone about whimpering to myself Unclean, unclean. Now I don't know. Perhaps there is another side, your side, of the story. I couldnt ever do it, I believe: the impulse strong enough to make me touch another creature has not yet been born in me: but perhaps in surrender to such a figure as your death there might be a greater realisation - and thereby a more final destruction - of the body than any loneliness can reach." Doesnt sound like someone with a carnal relationship behind him, but does sound like someone badly scarred by this experience. As indeed you might be. But also perhaps someone heavily conflicted before that happened. Sandpiper (talk) 01:28, 26 December 2011 (UTC)

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Request for Peer Review @ WikiProject Internet[edit]

Hey there, I was just letting you know that you posted a peer review for XML page on the WikiProject Internet page. Looks like that was in 2009...just curious if you still wanted it there :P. I'm going to do a peer review of the XML page anyway! Cheers. Danielbullis (talk) 04:06, 2 March 2013 (UTC)

need help with niantic labs article[edit]

was thinking if you could help me out whith this

Ustone07 (talk) 07:18, 12 April 2013 (UTC)


Hello! As there is a Wikipedia article about you, you are cordially invited to contribute a short audio recoding of your spoken voice, so that our readers may know what you sound like and how you pronounce your name. Details of how to do so, and examples, are at Wikipedia:Voice intro project. Please feel free to ask for help or clarification on the project talk page, or my talk page. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 18:55, 19 August 2013 (UTC)

Propriety of Find a Grave links[edit]

Regarding your recent revision rm commercial message (sorry if this sort of thing is OK, haven’t seen it before of my addition of a reference footnote to the T. E. Lawrence article because it used the {{Find a Grave}} template:

Did you lead a discussion in its talk page which forged a consensus to remove it everywhere? Did you even read the template's documentation?

If you don't understand the resource, and can't defend the proposition that it be removed everywhere, then please don't revert an edit adding it. (Especially given the number of unique photographs on Lawrence's specific page, and the relatively inconspicuous nature of footnotes).

Thank you.

AHMartin (talk) 04:27, 17 September 2013 (UTC)

English language capitalizes proper nouns only[edit]

Hello, nice to make your acquaintance, albeit virtually. To answer your question, yes, I know business literature is not written to the same style as an encyclopedia. That is not a good argument for using the business style of capital letters in Wikipedia articles. For example, saying a company is a "leading provider of Cloud Platform Solutions" conveys no information to most speakers of the English language, but appears on thousands of web sites and marketing ads. So in that case even the wording as well as capital letters should be paraphrased into our style. The guideline is in Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Capital letters#Titles of people to be precise. There is only one President Nixon so the capital letter is fine there. However there are thousands of chief executive officers, and presidents of companies large and small, not just one. So those are lower case. Alas, often I feel this is a losing battle, since the Grandiose Capital Letter style gets added back in faster than I can fix it. For example, in your article someone has already gone back to the Grandiose style, sigh. Thanks for your attention. W Nowicki (talk) 16:42, 19 October 2013 (UTC)

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