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A qualified chemist who somehow drifted into web development. I've learned (to a greater or lesser degree of accuracy) PHP and JavaScript, and would like to learn something completely different for the sake of it. I'm a weirdo who actually enjoys reading (and sometimes writing) technical documentation.


Dec
15
comment Why do some users complete forms all in capital letters?
Properly speaking, McKenzie is capitalised as McKENZIE.
Oct
22
comment Multiple vs single field capture for phone number form input
Surely a UK phone number is written as one of the following: +44 (0)20 444 4444, +44 20 444 4444, or (020) 444 4444. Your example seems to be a hybrid.
Sep
24
awarded  Autobiographer
Sep
21
revised What is the origin of the eject symbol?
Tided appearance of quoted portion. Some grammar tweaks. Added image description. Made title a question.
Sep
20
suggested approved edit on What is the origin of the eject symbol?
Sep
13
revised Best way to combine sign in and sign up in the same form?
Added image description.
Sep
10
comment Login and Register in one form
Closely related: ux.stackexchange.com/q/11840/2131.
Aug
27
comment Should I empty the wrongly filled fields or leave as user has filled after validation message?
@sapi. Clearing passwords is a security concern: The incorrect password is probably only slightly incorrect, or is a password for another account. The server should never publish passwords, so the new copy of the page should not contain the password. (This may not apply if the validation is done client side or with Ajax.)
Aug
22
comment Does the Oxford Comma increase readability?
meta.stackexchange.com/a/208922
Aug
15
comment How to display a division by zero in a grid?
x/0 != ∞. Division by zero results in undefined, not in infinity.
Jul
31
comment Automatic calling system: “Press star” or “Press asterisk”?
Further, @Keavon, until very recently, if I saw "5#" used to indicate "5 pound", I would have had no idea at all what was meant. I did know that Americans called it a "pound sign", but I didn't know why, or that they used it in this way. A native English speaker does not have to use a currency called "pound" to know of £ as the pound sign. (Irish pounds and Cypriot pounds are now defunct, but both here and in Cyprus English speakers would still know of £ pound signs. Australia doesn't use pounds, but I'd guess they'd still call £ a pound sign. (Egyptian pounds are still extant.))
Jul
31
comment Automatic calling system: “Press star” or “Press asterisk”?
I never said that the UK was most of the English-speaking world (and I certainly never said that England is). I did say that most English speakers would never associate the symbol # with the word "pound". I have never seen that used. "Five pound (weight)" is "5 lbs." I have never seen "5#". I have seen "#5" used for "number five". In fact, that's the only use of the symbol I know. It's called "hash" or "number sign". It is not called "pound".
Jul
30
comment Automatic calling system: “Press star” or “Press asterisk”?
For most of the English-speaking world, the pound sign is £. Calling the hash a pound is unique to the Americas.
Jul
30
revised Automatic calling system: “Press star” or “Press asterisk”?
Tidied formatting (numbering). Tidied grammar. Reworded bit that seemed to say that only UK people are native speakers of English.
Jul
30
suggested approved edit on Automatic calling system: “Press star” or “Press asterisk”?
Jul
29
comment Automatic calling system: “Press star” or “Press asterisk”?
The pound symbol (£) is not unique to pound sterling. It applies to all pounds, such as the Egyptian pound and the now defunct Irish and Cypriot pounds.
Jul
23
comment “Do Not Disturb” tags in hotels, how can they be improved?
I've never seen signs with just a string: that would be likely to twist. I've always seen a hole in the card which slots over the handle.
Jul
17
comment Period, or no period, when a text message is displayed on screen
I'd change that last one to Could not save data.
Jul
8
revised Which pattern of filling a form is most usual?
Typos: od -> of, flling -> filling. Added image alt text. Minor grammatical tweaks.
Jul
8
suggested approved edit on Which pattern of filling a form is most usual?