I was surprised today when attempting to confirm a flight with Ryanair that I was being told my flight details were invalid. As usual I had copy/pasted in the details so I didn’t think there was much margin for error.
Using a web developer’s insight I guessed the validation of my reservation code contained some invisible whitespace and that this was causing the error. Unbelievable this turned out to be the case!
Stripping whitespace from form input fields is basic, website 101 best practice stuff. Typical users who don’t have a background in development are extremely unlikely to notice that 1 or 2 mm of space on the screen is in fact an invisible character that could cause input problems on submitted forms. To think that all these unwitting souls will be send to paid support phone calls waiting in automatic queues for 40 minutes or more because they typed in their CORRECT reservation number is unbelievable. But apparently Mom & Pop over at Ryanair think this is ok.
Moments later in the Ryanair checkin process I got an obscure warning in big red letters across the screen. Maybe they use Dreamweaver to build their site? Hold on, the warning fails to use basic English grammar correctly!
When you check-in online if you are issued a sequence number of 190 or above (located at the top right of the boarding pass). Please go to the airport check-in desk on arrival at the airport.
I actually remember in grade 4 when we were learning how to write and the teacher would often correct students for fragment sentences like these. Have Mom & Pop even graduated from secondary school?
Read Later is an app that lets you save web pages on your iPhone/iPod for offline reading. Not the first app to do that? Well it’s integrated with delicious.com so any bookmarks you tag with a to_read tag (or any tag of your choice) are detected by the app and downloaded for offline reading.
And when you’re finished reading the article on your iPhone, hitting the ‘mark as read’ button sends a request to delicious and your read_later tag is removed. Nice, simple and clean. And currently free in the AppStore.
The articles are a pleasure to read on the iPhone. All flashing ads, graphics and irrelevant distractions are removed for you. You just get the cleaned text for easy reading. The app’s description says it best:
- All web pages are cleaned and stripped of irrelevant adverts for easy reading on the iPhone.
- Store hundreds of webpages on your iPhone
- Read Later remembers which article your were last reading
- Sync your iPhone with your Delicious account to get our latest bookmarks
Apparently there are currently 1.5m “to_read” and similar tags on delicious so there must be a lot of folks using this system to flag articles for later reading. Check it out.