Britain, Britain, Britain! While there are many wondrous things about this sceptred isle, when it comes to designing websites there are a few niggles that rear their heads…
You constantly misspell “color” and “center” in daily life
Years of CSS has ravaged your brain. “Gray” can also present problems. Only recently I got a telling off from my better half for writing in our diary that I had a “theater” trip planned. And it can also cause you to out-think yourself when you’re commenting in forums or on social media. If you figure you’re speaking to an American, should you spell it their way to try to fit in with the cool kids, or assert your colonial authority and show them how it should be done?
You have to wait ages for support because most support teams are in the US or Asia
Unless you’re one of those creatives who likes staying up until the wee small hours (and that was me until the arrival of my children – now I’m an “in bed by 10:30pm” kind of chap) if you run into a problem with a piece of software and you need support, chances are you’re going to have to submit your ticket and then wait until someone somewhere in the world wakes up. This problem also rears its head if you decide to help out on a support forum. You send a reply to someone’s problem at a reasonable UK hour then appear rude that someone responds at 2am GMT and you don’t even read their reply for another seven hours. It’s like you’re purposely ignoring someone’s cry for help.
You have to become a whizz at calculating $ to £
You find a really cool piece of software you want to use, but all the prices are in US dollars. So you race to XE.com to do a quick conversion. But then the invoice comes through and the conversion doesn’t tally up to your bank statement because the exchange rate changed in between times. And because you don’t do your accounts until someone shouts at you, you’ve completely forgotten what any of the invoices were for.
You can’t attend most of the cool conferences
“Come to WordCamp Texas!” they shout. Really? It took me four attempts to get to WordCamp Manchester, and that’s only half an hour down the road. Not helped by all the meet-up pictures people start posting on Twitter of some really hip developers sitting in the best BBQ restaurant in New Orleans while you’re stuck at home with beans on toast.