How isolationistic overvalidations lead to systematic exclusion and chaos in Icelandic bureaucracy

On ethnocentrism Ethnocentrism is a word I only learned a couple of years ago, when I was working with people who had a background in sociology and political science at an office in the outskirts of Beirut. In the context of technology, it describes the phenomenon of designing systems based on the values and conventions … Continue reading How isolationistic overvalidations lead to systematic exclusion and chaos in Icelandic bureaucracy

Transgender flag emoji — brief info and current status

Earlier this year, a group I am lucky enough to belong to submitted an official proposal to the Unicode Consortium regarding the inclusion of a transgender flag emoji. Aside from yours truly; a software development consultant based in Berlin, the group includes among others Ted Eytan MD of Washington DC, Tea Uglow; creative director at … Continue reading Transgender flag emoji — brief info and current status

Ideas to solve international postal address formatting issues with YAML, JSON and some programming

When you are entering address–related data online, you have all those fields you have to enter your address into. You know the deal — country, postal code, locality etc. When it comes arranging those elements back together, things may get a bit more complicated: Is the postal code before or after the locality name? Are … Continue reading Ideas to solve international postal address formatting issues with YAML, JSON and some programming

We need to talk about the accessibility of date pickers

This is my report as I am finishing my one-month trial period here at Automattic. As my project for this month, I was handed a ticket to fix accessibility issues with the date picker used in Gutenberg. This is an issue that creeps over to other projects, namely Calypso. Fixing accessibility issues that have already … Continue reading We need to talk about the accessibility of date pickers

How do you gender your users and customers?

For an Anglophone person (a person who primarily uses English), gendering does not sound like a hard issue to deal with. Pronoun use may be a concern, but those can be bypassed easily. However, many other languages are overly gendered compared to English, so pronouns are a much lesser concern. As an example, nouns and … Continue reading How do you gender your users and customers?