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    So I built a website for the client. The website is hit by thousands of external users each month.

    I defined everything pertaining to style in a separate stylesheet. This adds value to the customer because they're able to change colors, fonts, bolds, italics, alignments, etc to suit whatever needs they have moving forward (marketing changes the company's "look", for example) without any code changes being made. For those of you not in the industry, this can make the product more reuseable moving forward.

    Well, some of the website's forms have required fields. I denoted which fields are required by displaying the field's label in a different color. This color is defined in the stylesheet the customer controls.

    Because the customer can change the color used to denote required fields moving forward, I designed the website to not specifically say what color was applied to required fields.

    Instead, I applied the color defined in the stylesheet to the following phrase, which I put at the top of the forms:

    COLORED FIELDS ARE REQUIRED.

    That way, if they change the color moving forward, no code changes are required (as opposed to if I had put "BLUE FIELDS ARE REQUIRED" at the top of all the pages).

    This has been in production for MONTHS now.

    Today I get an email asking to have it changed to BLUE FIELDS ARE REQUIRED (the color presently being used is blue) so as to avoid "offending people."

    I'm a sensitive guy when it comes to people being offended, but that made me just laugh out loud. Despite the email looking nothing but sincere, I couldn't help for a split second but wonder if they were joking in the request.

    Needless to say they were not.
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    Re: The Tale of the Offensive Developer

    What if you used "Highlighted fields required"? That's what every other website I can remember going to uses...
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      Re: The Tale of the Offensive Developer

      Color everything else, and make white fields required. :)
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      • #4
        Re: The Tale of the Offensive Developer

        This reminds me of the debate they had at IEEE (I think) about changing IDE Master and Slave to Primary and Secondary to avoid offending people. Just what I'd like to see: "Hey, set the CD-ROM up on the primary primary channel (The IDE channels are already called Primary and Secondary).

        What it really boils down to is that people are stupid. Unfortunately, these stupid people are paying you, hence you have to deal with them.

        Of course, the real explanation is that: Wyz (the MAN!) is trying to keep the minorities down.

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        • #5
          Re: The Tale of the Offensive Developer

          Use the politically correct term "African American Fields Are Reqiured"
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          • #6
            Re: The Tale of the Offensive Developer

            We should start a new "The Developer's offensive tail" thread just for Hemorrhoid!

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            • #7
              Re: The Tale of the Offensive Developer

              In today's media centric world the language you use is important. It is easy to use the word 'highlighted' and it probably makes the sentance clearer.

              I am sure 99.9% of people wouldn't have a problem with the word 'colored' here. I am also sure there are people (including white people) who appriciate a more sensitive choice of language and think consideration for others at all times is A Good Thing.
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              • #8
                Re: The Tale of the Offensive Developer

                Originally posted by Wintermute
                I am also sure there are people (including white people) who appriciate a more sensitive choice of language and think consideration for others at all times is A Good Thing.
                This isn't a comment made by an insurance dealer stating: "Don't get jewed by another dealer: use us." That actually is offensive.

                Wyzcracks example is people taking a word used in one context to mean another: which is in itself is a completely retarded decision making process on their part. It's not Wyz's fault that they have so much societal guilt, that they have to apologize for anything that could even concievably be taken as racist.

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                • #9
                  Re: The Tale of the Offensive Developer

                  who was the dude who got in lots of trouble for using the word "niggardly"?

                  Same dillyo

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                  • #10
                    Re: The Tale of the Offensive Developer

                    Originally posted by TheFeniX
                    Of course, the real explanation is that: Wyz (the MAN!) is trying to keep the minorities down.
                    Or at least "differently pigmented" fields...

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