Category Archives: annoyances

The mysterious case of Birmingham’s missing Victorian cast iron urinal

Andy Mabbett wants to know what happened to the listed Victorian cast iron urinal, which he acquired for Birmingham Railway Museum in 1987.

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Fixing Facebook’s Microformats (at their request)

Facebook’s hCalendar microformats have the wrong timezones. They asked me to help fix them. Here’s how.

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Don’t confuse your social media channels

Piping Facebook status updates to Twitter (or any automation of cross-channel feeds) can give confusing messages.

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An open letter to Facebook, about their broken microformats

Facebook’s hCard microformats do not conform to the specification.

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Open local public spending data – a potential hitch

Open local public spending data headlines need careful interpretation

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More police forces should publish web pages about wildlife crime officers

A crowd-sourced list of UK Police Forces’ wildlife crime pages has too many gaps. They could do better, and we should encourage them to.

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Google Maps’ microformats: unhappy anniversary – still broken after three years

Microformats on Google’s maps have been broken, since they were introduced three years ago – and they have been aware of this ever since then. They are useless to someone wanting to add the subject’s address to their address book.

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The Highway Code should be available as a set of linkable HTML documents, not just PDFs

The Highway Code should be available as a set of HTML documents, not just PDFs, and it should be easy to link to a specific section.

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When writing about the web, links are required

The Telegraph needs to understand that the word “Web” in World Wide Web refers to the interlinking of articles on different sites.

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