Archive for the ‘Typo’ Category

When Your Filename Outs Your Typo, erm, Typing Ways

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008 by The Director

The title tag and text are correct:

 A little less involved than it should be
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The filename, though, indicates someone mistyped when creating the blog post’s draft:

Hey, I’ve done it too, as anyone who’s paid attention to the archives can attest.  However, you should not be shy, ungentle reader, against logging defects against misspellings in the directories and filenames in your Web applications.  Remember, they too are visible and should be impeccable to put your organization/application in the best light.

Going Right Out And Advertising For It

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008 by The Director

An employer putting the real job duties in the title:

Sit on your butt QA
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I assume that an analsyt is supposed to just sit on his or her butt all day and let dev and project management have their ways with the project.  I’ve known a number of QA professionals who’ve thought that their jobs were, essentially, to call meetings and discuss/prioritize issues found by the customers instead of, I don’t know, understanding the software and technology and enforcing quality or testing.

Sadly, also in my experience, that unbelievable lightness of being tends to rise to management quickly.


Perfection, Denied

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008 by The Director

Well, all right, it wouldn’t have been perfect even if it hadn’t had this mistake, but here’s a Disney e-mail with a subtle flaw in its alt text for the text images:

The apostrophe budget was exhausted
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Look closely at any e-mail, and you’ll find at least one typo most of the time.  If you’re in QA, you should look more closely than that.


QA Is Not Every Thing, Once

Monday, June 9th, 2008 by The Director

It’s every thing, every time. As this high school principal and his minions discovered:

Westlake High School officials misspelled “education” on the diplomas distributed last weekend. It’s been the subject of mockery on local radio.

Principal Timothy Freeman says he sent back the diplomas once to correct another error. When the diplomas came back, no one bothered to check things they thought were right the first time.

In information technology, that happens most frequently with version control problems (in design) or new code that doesn’t play well with the other code. You need to test it (or proofread) it all from scratch every iteration; if you only check resolved issues, you’re going to be embarrassed.

(Link seen on Electric Venom.)

In a Moment of Quiet Reflection, I Often Ask Myself

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008 by The Director

Philosophical musings present in alt text in the Ballard 25th Anniversary Sweepstakes.

Am I an istant winner?
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Am I an istant winner? If so, what does it mean to my existence and consciousness that I crave istant things? Are istant things the opposite of extant things?

Of course, it could be a typo, but why remove the mysteries from the everyday world?

The Bar Is Not That High

Monday, May 5th, 2008 by The Director

If your standards are not that high, here’s a job for you:

Senioer QA, indeed
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Senioer, indeed.

One Line, Many Problems

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008 by The Director

How many grammar and spelling errors can you pack into one field label? Well, if you’re Nicole Fields Photography, you can work in at least one of each:

One spelling error, one grammar error
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The label Who can I thank for the refferal? misspells referral, of course, but also uses who as the direct object, and we all know that should be whom.

There’s a reason for the difference, boys and girls: because the proper use makes the meaning clear.

Posession Is Nine-Tenths of the Correct Spelling

Monday, February 11th, 2008 by The Director

A typo in Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword:


It’s In The Dictionary

Thursday, January 31st, 2008 by The Director

Trust, but verify.

Misspelling in the
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There’s no i in ornithologst. Well, there’s one, but there should be two.

Maybe The Developer Was A Snake

Thursday, December 27th, 2007 by The Director

The title bar of thissss sweepsstakess ssssurvey page indicates either a typo or something more unholy and eldritch:

Sweepsstakes, indeed
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Eh, who reads the titles anyway, right?

At Least They’re Not Offal Rules

Thursday, December 13th, 2007 by The Director

A common typo on sweepstakes promotion pages, courtesy of Maxim:

Offcal rules
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I don’t know why, but misspelling official as offical in the official rules link happens an awful lot.

I know why it’s not often caught, though: because quality hurts.

The Exact Moment of Cut and Paste Failure

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007 by The Director

Cut and paste makes everything better, right? Well, no, it gives you a chance to replicate your mistakes multiple times. For example, shows us exactly where the designer/developer used cut and paste on the Web site.


Merry Christmas from Be kin

Monday, November 19th, 2007 by The Director

An insert in a package of Belkin cables:

No L, No L

Because periods and Ls would have broken the printing budget.

Typo, or Something More Sinister?

Monday, October 29th, 2007 by The Director

Fox News’s Suzanne Sena has an all-Flash Web site complete with the Click to Activate Control box. But it’s not the interface that’s sinister; it’s the text within her bio.

Almost An Insult

Wednesday, October 10th, 2007 by The Director

If I were an e-mail marketer, I would almost be insulted:

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Of course, it’s hard to be insulted by an e-mail marketing communication rife with typos and a Web site rife with errors.

I realize I single out a lot, but geez, the quality of its e-mails and its Web site are atrocious and worthy of scorn.

That Sounds Painful

Friday, August 24th, 2007 by The Director

If it hurts to sign in, only people who have to sign in will sign in:

Singe sign on -ow!
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Great idea for security, IBM!

Fortunately, Attention to Detail Remains Annoyingly High

Saturday, July 21st, 2007 by The Director

I, like many, have tried the Personal DNA test, and it revealed something about me that I had never known:

My spontenaity shocks me
At least the title and alt attributes are consistently misspelled.

Proofreaders Apparently Not Invited

Monday, July 16th, 2007 by The Director

Software Test & Performance magazine calls for nominations for its 2007 TESTERS CHOICE AWARDS.


Those In The Software Quality Industry Snicker At Headline

Monday, July 9th, 2007 by The Director

Disapppointing quality results can spur real change:

Disapppointing quality results can spur real change headline
Yes, do tell us about quality.(Cross-posted at Musings from Brian J. Noggle.)

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