The Magic Notebook is a CGI script which allows the user to store and organize notes in as many topics as are desired. Uses include contact information, to do lists, lists of books to read, status information for different projects, a list of "things to do when thus-and-such happens", keeping track of things you need to tell people, and for the advanced user an editable quote of the day. The Magic Notebook is intended to give Webmasters a new attraction with little extra work.
Catch the Furball is an icebreaker board game intended for friends to play around a computer. It features a freshly-generated board for each game, an eclectic collection of cards, and beautiful pictures of Cambridge University. The distribution is intended both to allow Web masters to quickly set up their own copy of the game, and to allow tinkerers to use the game engine to make their own games. It includes the editor used to create game data.
The Powered Access Bible is a CGI script designed to facilitate finding verses and reading them in context, minimizing the usual mousework. It divides the screen into a search frame and a reading frame, and clicking on a search reference will load its context in the reading frame. All executable code is available under the user's choice of the Artistic, GPL, or MIT license, and the translations used are all free for non-commercial use.
The Data Mine is a search engine designed to make a more useful interface available to users. It is designed around human-computer intelligent interaction considerations. It divides the screen into two halves. One lets you find all the instances of your query's keywords, and the other lets you look through a highlighted version of the results you choose.
SearchLog can be used as a searchable weblog. It is designed with usability in mind, and uses highlighting and easy linking between entries to give the user maximum power for minimum effort. It is much more than a weblog, however. It was designed as a knowledge management tool. It serves as a personal information management tool and portal. It is powerful and versatile enough to do several jobs well.
The Mobile Web Proxy is a (CGI) tool to make more Web pages available from some mobile devices (cell phone Web browsers, etc.). It employs tag cleaning and paging so that Web pages it can access have far greater chances of being rendered on devices that cannot display overly large or complex pages. It is simple, but it seems to substantially extend the portion of the Web available from devices that otherwise display messages like "413: Page cannot be displayed."
Hayward's Free Intranet Employee Photo Directory is an employee photo directory Web application for intranets. It allows searching by name, skill, department, title, and tag, and features status updates and local times for people and organizations who are not in the visitor's time zone.
Spaghetti Parenthesis Visualizer is an in-browser (meaning that it doesn't send your code to a server) tool that takes deeply nested conditionals in languages that follow in C's footsteps, including Python, Perl, PHP, and Java, SQL queries, or some Lisp code, and provides two visual presentations that clearly and cleanly display how deep each part of the code is in the layers of nesting.
Within the Steel Orb
My science fiction short story Within the Steel Orb (http://jonathanscorner.com/writing/steel/) is motivated by much the same concerns. If I can try to put (part of) the point briefly:
Be sure that it is you in the driver's seat: if you don't make a conscious effort, it will be the car in the driver's seat [or whatever other technology is in question].
Limited HTML might be justified
After reading the above, I see two good reasons to edit out HTML:
1: Freshmeat is a place for text announcements, not a place to demonstrate HTML and web design wizardry.
2: Freshmeat needs to degrade gracefully to text.
I might suggest one area where an exception to the no-HTML rule would fit both of those concerns: links like <a href="http://example.com/path/">http://example.com/path/</a>. My own Snippets (http://jonathanscorner.com/etc/snippets/) release today included the URL to a script demo; if I were allowed to, I would love to have set the link as http://haywardfamily.org/cgi-bin/snippets (http://haywardfamily.org/cgi-bin/snippets)--and people receiving text versions of releases would still have a 100% functional URL.
This one exception would make your site more functional without making Freshmeat a web design contest or making portions of the content inaccessible to text-only recipients. What do you think?