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(From what I found at the extensive history by Mark Pilgrim, and its links to more extensive sources.)

It might have alternative names like the sqiggle (sic) or even twiddle, but it’s more commonly called the tilde. As in this song:


, read as

Waka waka bang splat tick tick hash,
Caret at back-tick dollar dollar dash,
Bang splat tick dollar under-score,
Percent splat waka waka number four,
Ampersand right-paren dot dot slash,
Vertical-bar curly-bracket tilde tilde CRASH.

and if you need further proof, there’s this poem:

Waltzing Ma~
Waltzing Ma~
Won’t you come waltzing Ma~ with me…

Now how do I convince my friend who one day saw how it was spelt, decided that everyone around him was pronouncing it wrong, and has been calling it “til-day” ever since?

Added 2009-05: Tilda Swinton, literally.


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Sat, 2007-02-10 at 10:52:02

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Drop down list of country names

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First saw it here:as days pass by » Blog Archive » Form usability, and then here.

The point is that most of the time we don’t really care exactly which country the user is from.

My current plan for the OPC is to have two radio buttons (and one below the other, of course), one that says “India” and the other that says “Other: ” and has a text input form next to it.

Update [2008-07-08]: [Yes, that’s what we used, as I remember it, and it went well.]
It turns out that Peter-Paul Koch of has already done this: Usable Forms

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Sat, 2007-02-10 at 09:50:58

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