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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.


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
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.
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
comment Encouraging the user to hit the NEED A RIDE button
I think you mean accompany in that last screenshot.
Apr
7
comment Where should “Doesn't Matter” choice be placed in the layout of survey choices
I hope you're having your survey proofread.
Mar
14
comment Benefit of “Twisty bottom” ballpoint pens over “Clicky tops”
I frequently operate my clicky pens by banging them off the desk, or my forearm, or some other surface. Not, often, my forehead, though. (I used to open hard-boiled eggs on my forehead as a kid. And then my mother switched to duck eggs, which have harder shells. That hurt.)
Mar
10
comment Which symbol to use for switching to the english version of a site?
That's the UK flag, not the English flag (which is a simple red cross on white).
Feb
13
comment On a US keyboard why is + shifted but - isn't?
Hyphens and dashes are different things.
Feb
6
comment How to make users leave out optional fields when they don't have anything interesting to fill in?
I have a postcode field which is not mandatory (Ireland doesn't have postcodes outside of Dublin). Still people put all sorts of weirdness into it, like 0000 or n/a, rather than just leaving it blank.
Feb
5
comment Why do credit card forms ask for Visa, MasterCard, etc.?
@RumiP. That's odd. We have a debit card in Ireland called Laser, and in our e-commerce sites, we simply offer people a choice between Visa, MasterCard, and Laser. We don't ask them to jump through two menus. (Also, we treat Visa Debit cards just as Visa cards: we see no reason to split them out separately.)