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Archive for March 28th, 2022

Hatig all these on-line portals of banks, mortgage/insurance companies, energy/water suppliers to get yearly information out: too disparate, too many UX steps

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/03/28

In the past, life was simple: you got yearly statements of many institutions like banks, mortgage/insurance companies, energy/water suppliers.

Those statements all had the same process:

  1. sent in an envelope
  2. statement were on scannable paper (A4 over here in The Netherlands)
  3. my Fujitsu ScanSnap ix1500 scanner (in the past a somewhat less fast Fujitsu ScanSnap ix500 scanner) scans and OCRs the statement into a portable and reasonable named PDF file in less than 30 seconds
  4. copy paste the required information into my administration software

Now it is a disparate mess of processes:

  • some come by email, but in various formats, often getting automatically deleted or bounced because some marketing person got their KPI, put too much trackers in it or made it look too much like advertisements
  • most by now are to be manually downloaded via portals
    • in all sorts of forms and user experience
    • having credentials that often expire within a year and need to be renewed (a lengthy process as incoming email need to go through a greylist in order to lessen SPAM)
    • demonstrating slow PDF generation (often 10s of seconds)
    • download them in formats needing post processing (like ZIP files containing the PDF files, filenames with names like “Download.pdf” )
  • often getting bitmap PDFs that have no OCR: just a plain bitmap that you have to type all information from

Based on [Wayback] Thread by @jpluimers: Ik wordt doodmoe van al die on-line omgevingen van banken, verzekeraars en al die andere shit die je voor de belastingdienst bij elkaar moet zoeken. Je bent gewoon een dag bezig……

–jeroen

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WordPress undocumented Classic-Editor shortcut “Shift-Ctrl-F” that goes full screen

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/03/28

Suddenly, a while ago, because of a stuck modifier key I suddenly had the WordPress classic editor running in full screen without any indication to go back, nor an opportunity to save the content.

It wasn’t the usual “Shift-Alt-W” [Wayback] Distraction Free Writing – Make WordPress Support (which still allows you to hover over the sidebars to make them visible, and has a visual indication of the mode).

After lot’s of trying, I figured out the toggle “Shift-Ctrl-F” toggles between normal and full screen mode. It seems unavailable in the new editor, so that might be a reason ([Wayback] Keyboard Shortcuts | WordPress.org)

The shortcut is odd too, as in most tooling “Ctrl-F” modifications like “Shift-Ctrl-F” have something to do with find or replace operations.

It was quite tough finding any reference to this shortcut, as my initial search revealed none: [Wayback] “WordPress” “Shift-Ctrl-F” full screen – Google Search.

Later I reversed the modifiers in [Wayback] “WordPress” “Ctrl-Shift-F” full screen – Google Search and found [Wayback] How to disable non-system hotkeys on Windows – gHacks Tech News

Simple Disable Key is a free software program for Microsoft Windows devices that enables you to block non-system hotkeys.

Not all hotkeys are useful however. When I work on a WordPress site for instance, I sometimes press the shortcut Ctrl-Shift-F by accident. This switches the editor to full screen view which I never use.

First time I invoked the full screen editor I had to look up the shortcut as I could not reproduce it.

–jeroen

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I Am Devloper on Twitter: “> why did you become a programmer? me: because I read code better than I can read social clues”

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/03/28

[Archive.is] I Am Devloper on Twitter: “> why did you become a programmer? me: because I read code better than I can read social clues”

–jeroen

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