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A Designer's Rants

“The main reason of having this weblog is to compile whatever I have learnt with Web Standards and Accessibility. It is not meant to act as a CSS bible.

Other categories are created out of fun and for me to keep track of the changes in my life so I could look back to and have a good laugh.”



Death of Neighbour's Dog

••• • 6 Oct 2004

Yesterday, a horrifying accident happened at my apartment. Neighbour’s dog was strangled in the lift! I feel so sad for it and its family although I do not really know them well.

The accident happened because of carelessness. It could have been avoided but… sigh.

I was told that the neighbour’s maid left the dog unattended at the corridor which was fine as it was a really tiny corridor with only two units - mine and theirs. But what was not OK was that the maid pressed for the lift before she went into the house to get some plastic bags (I think for picking up feces). The dogs (two of them) were leashed and went into the lift when it came up. It was too late for the maid to pull back the dogs as the lift’s door closed.

The horrifying part was that one of the dog’s leash was half hanging outside of the lift when the lift’s door closed. The dog was strangled in the process… To make things worst, the lift was jammed for one hour plus before the maintenance guys came to fix it. The two dogs were stuck in it for that long!

What they found was one strangled dog with feces and urine over the lift’s floor. I can’t imagine the traumatic experience for the other dog having to witness his buddy struggling to survive but to no avail.

The owner was so mad and extremely sad. No amount of scolding towards the maid can bring back her dog. It was indeed very careless of the maid but a lesson well-learnt to every dog owners. Leash can be a deadly weapon. Never ever leave your dogs unattended with its leash attached! Take out the collar as well for extra precaution after walk. It might get hooked by something during play if you leave it on whole day. Anyway dogs are happier without collars around their necks.

From now on I will leash my dogs only when I am IN the lift. This is a traumatic experience for all of us. Geez I can’t stop thinking about that dog. So sad…

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••• • 29 Sep 2004

Finally, WSSG (Web Standards Singapore) is on the roll. So far, we had two meetings and the second one is fruitful. Our first step is to make a logo for the group and next to design the website. All the members (designers or no) are having a lot of fun (or nightmares) having a go at the logo.

I was taking my own sweet time in delaying the designing of the logo. The truth being that I was busy and thinking that a little delay won’t hurt. The retribution in delaying is having nightmares every night when left with only a week to go before the deadline and I still have real work left to do! Now I remember why I hated homework so much back then in school. The feeling is familiar but not memorable.

Anyway I had the logo done and over with and started musing over the thought that I am not alone in this nightmare as some of the members are working and should be having the same fun I had faced (juggling between work and this logo).

Anyway this has been a fun experience and I do hope that we can have a good logo to use. Hmm the next design mania will be the website. Now that will be fun!

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Maguire vs. SOCOG - Sydney Olympics

••• • 24 Aug 2004

Article extracted from NUblog: Reader’s guide to Sydney Olympics accessibility complaint.

Only one legal case concerning Web accessibility is known: Maguire vs. SOCOG. A single individual was triumphant in pursuing a complaint of Web inaccessibility. His adversary: Nothing less than the Olympic movement itself, as manifested in the Sydney Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games.

This case teaches us that the legal need for accessibility is so clear-cut, and the means of achieving basic accessibility so straightforward, that even an unspeakably wealthy and powerful international organization can lose in a judicial proceeding.


In Australia in June 1999, Bruce Maguire lodged a complaint with the Human Rights & Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) under a law called the Disability Discrimination Act. (News article.) His complaint concerned the Web site of the Sydney Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (SOCOG), which Maguire alleged was inaccessible to him as a blind person.

According to the complaint, Maguire, unlike most blind people online, does not use a screen reader to read aloud the elements of a Web page. Instead, he uses a refreshable Braille display. But neither technology can understand and turn into voice an image that lacks a text equivalent. Nearly all Web pages online have some kind of graphics, including high-profile sites like those associated with major sporting events.

Maguire contended that significant parts of the SOCOG Web site, Olympics.com, were inaccessible to him.

On 24 August 2000, the HREOC released its decision and supported Maguire’s complaint, ordering certain access provisions to be in place on the Olympics.com site by 15 September 2000. SOCOG ignored the ruling and was subsequently fined A$20,000.

To respond to the objection that this case, having taken place “far away” in Australia, is unrelated to Web design in other nations, we would suggest examining the similarities among the Disability Discrimination Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Canadian Human Rights Act, not to mention provincial, state, and territorial human-rights codes. The legal principles of unequal treatment (“discrimination”; “unfavourable” treatment) and unjustifiable hardship (“undue” hardship or “burden”) are effectively identical in Australia, the U.S., and Canada, if not elsewhere, and the case of Maguire vs. SOCOG will inevitably come into play as precedents for legal cases worldwide.


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Jaime vs. Jamie

••• • 7 Aug 2004

I have always had trouble with people misspelling my name! The banks, schools back in good old days, libraries… Do they think that I do not know how to SPELL my name? It is JAIME not JAMIE!

Since when JAMIE has become the official way of spelling JAIME? I do not mind people misspelling it but I do mind when my cards (bank cards, membership cards etc) is being printed with the wrong name and I will have to ask them to amend it. Yes, they do amend it but I still get letters from them addressed to Ms. Jamie Wong. What is wrong with their customer database? Should it be updated in the first place and that it should be linked to all departments?

I used to dislike my name because people would conveniently address me as Mr. But I got to like it because of the romantic story between mum and dad when they chose this name. I will not go into that least I get slaughtered by mum for publicising it.

Now, I have learned to be amused by the mistaken gender people conjure out for me. I guess I will have to learn to be amused by the ‘I Know All’ whom helps me by re-spelling my name to what they think is accurate. I guess positive thinking helps.

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Web Standards

Web Standards Singapore | WSSG

••• • 30 Jul 2004

Finally, Singapore has its own local Web Standards Group. Right now the group is known as Web Standards Singapore (WSSG). The name may change but it should do for now.

The group is not restricted to Singaporeans only. You can be from Malaysia or other parts of Asia and you are most welcome to join as long as you have a interest in Web Designing and Development or Programming.

Please contact Chu Yeow or me to join the group.

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