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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.


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
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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?
Jun
5
answered Layout for on-screen hexadecimal keyboard
May
29
awarded  Announcer
May
28
comment Why do door knobs still exist?
On external, @cpast, it depends. Quite often there's a knob which doesn't turn on the outside, used only to pull the door closed.
May
27
comment Why do door knobs still exist?
Interesting you say they're more common on internal doors. Here in Ireland, I don't think I've ever seen them on internal doors.
May
13
comment Why are most public restroom faucets so short?
Holland is not a country at all, actually, Scandinavian or otherwise.
May
13
revised Encouraging the user to hit the NEED A RIDE button
Fixed grammar and formatting. (Spaces around numbers to make list display work properly.)
May
13
suggested approved edit on Encouraging the user to hit the NEED A RIDE button
May
13
comment Encouraging the user to hit the NEED A RIDE button
I think you mean accompany in that last screenshot.
Apr
22
revised Where should a “Powered by Some-Company-Name” appear on a webpage?
Fixed spelling.
Apr
22
suggested approved edit on Where should a “Powered by Some-Company-Name” appear on a webpage?