mozilla firefox ‘Mark Up’

Posted August 11, 2011 in Findings

So, the other day Firefox reinstalled itself for reasons unknown. But that’s okay! Because I found out about this cool thing called ‘Mark Up’ and ‘Mozilla’s Web O'(pen) Wonder’ (a gallery of awesome HTML5 and WebGL creations). There’s a link to all of this on the default Mozilla search home page (in Firefox, go to about:home in the URL bar). For the sake of including pictures in this post, here’s what it looks like:

Mark Up is “a collection of all our individual marks on the web” and a collaborative project by Mozilla and graffiti/free culture artist Evan Roth (cool dude, check him out). When you make your mark, you are using Graffiti Markup Language (yes this is real! .gml):

… a universal, XML-based, open file format designed to store graffiti motion data (x coordinates, y coordinates and time). GML is intended to be a simple bridge between ink and code, promoting collaborations between graffiti writers and hackers.

You can browse marks from all over the planet. Here are some from Belize:

In making your mark, you also acknowledge a sort of manifesto summed up by Lawrence Lessig:

An open Net embraces free culture. That doesn’t mean disrespecting the copyright of others. It means instead enabling others to share and build upon the work you want the Net to love. Practice the freedom you expect from others, by licensing your work as freely as you can.”

Yeah, Firefox is super cool.


What do you think? Do you have any questions, thoughts, or related links to share? Did I make a mistake in my post?

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