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I’m an author and a consultant who specializes in character codes, localization, web authoring, accessibility, and typography. Author of Unicode Explained and Going Global with JavaScript and Globalize.js.


Dec
9
comment Why no typographic apostrophe in auto-correct?
@Crissov, my parenthetic remark was mainly meant to point out that even people who write texts for a living quite often don’t care about quotation marks—even when they see, or should notice, all wrong quotes in their own text to be printed. Surely this is bad, but the question was about explaining the causes.
Dec
9
comment Why no typographic apostrophe in auto-correct?
If this refers to web search engines like Google and Yahoo, they hardly pay any attention to punctuation. They generally skip non-alphabetic garbage when harvesting for their food: words!
Dec
8
answered Why no typographic apostrophe in auto-correct?
Nov
29
awarded  Nice Answer
Nov
29
answered What's the best way to determine if a character is universally easy to type?
Nov
14
answered Is there any recommended control for triple options like YES / NO / NONE?
Oct
30
answered Verbs and actions in Dutch
Aug
28
comment Currency formatting for transactions in another country's currency
@Bobson, not at all. The currency would be the US dollar, but it has different designators in different languages (e.g., the name may be “dollari” or “доллар”). Using the shortest pattern, $500 would be “500 $” in French; using a pattern with longer currency symbol, “500 $US”; using a pattern with currency name, “500 dollars des États-Unis”.
Aug
27
answered Currency formatting for transactions in another country's currency
Aug
13
answered Is there an html character entity which can represent “Admin”?
Aug
13
comment Is there an html character entity which can represent “Admin”?
Since most computer users in the world never used Unix(-like) shells, still less as root, I think the important part is “there is no universally recognized admin symbols”.
Jul
18
awarded  Good Answer
Jul
18
comment Can/Should I Label an informational span for screen readers?
@albert, HTML5 documents might be a bit fuzzy in this issue, but the intent is that “user interface” refers to controls. A label element that is not associated with a labelable element has no meaning assigned to it.
Jul
15
awarded  Nice Answer
Jul
15
answered Best international symbol for date range?
Jun
11
answered Can/Should I Label an informational span for screen readers?
May
27
comment eCommerce - Which currency to show on receipt?
The receipt must specify the sum in the currency actually used. In most countries, it would be illegal to do otherwise. An estimate in other currencies can be given at earlier phases, if clearly flagged as informative and non-binding. Note that even if you use some real-time conversion rates, the bank of the customer may use completely different rates and may impose some charges.
Feb
15
awarded  Yearling
Nov
30
answered Is it ok to use different fonts for translated versions of the same website?
Oct
23
answered Localization for Polish diacritics