Why CSS buttons aren’t used enough

I know CSS buttons exists, are really faster and not enough sites are using it. Let me try to explain on the different point of views. I am a Web UI Developer in situated in Singapore. I do tons of frontend work.

UI Designer

They care the most on the look and feel of the button. They add shadows, a gradient and a beautiful texture. It’s the perfect button, in PNG. Well they send you in PNG, they design it in Photoshop. They most likely wouldn’t know CSS. They send you the button as part of a larger image to slice and implement. Their job is to make the UI look great, not to be concerned with speed of page rendering and assets delivery. They believe someone will take care of it.

Web UI Developer

Our interest is to finish up the task and make it look like the design. We could implement a button with CSS but we don’t know the shadow and border radius involved. We could ask the UI Designer but that takes an email and we might have to tone down the UI Designer’s button design. It’s a lot easier to deliver the button in an image format than to go through the hassle. We are slightly more concern with the speed but we don’t want to compromise on other’s work.

QA Engineer

This person is there to make sure that the Web UI Developer implements stuff correctly. That means the design of the button must look right in various browsers and platforms. The image format would look exactly like the mockup, it’s something QA Engineers would prefer. QA’s priority is to make sure the button is implemented as specified. Often speed of delivery is not in the specification.

DevOps Engineer

DevOps Engineer will look at the page and scan through and announce that image compression is needed to speed up the delivery of the webpage. He or she will then announced that after compression, the website is now 23% smaller and provide advice on compress images and CSS during the build process. The CSS button issue will fade away because everyone things compression is good enough a solution.

How to make it work better

The UI Developer probably has to step up and advice the changes being the interface between all parties. Perhaps they can be incentives towards better speed and performance. It’s a metrics that is not emphasized.

The credit card that is also a token

The new Standard Chartered Bank credit card is clever. It combines the token device with the credit card. I received mine not long ago and took some pictures of it. I haven’t got the time to post it until now. It’s not much thicker than a normal credit card too. I like you to observe that the credit card numbers are not raised too. How they manage to squeeze a token device into this card is wonder.

Standard Chartered Bank bonus saver card side view

This is the top view, you can sign your transactions through this device.

Standard Chartered Bank bonus saver card top view

This is just new to me, very sensible design. Great ideas enabled by great engineering.

NTU student stabs professor

I wonder if this is stress-induced:

NTU’s final year engineering student stabs professor

SINGAPORE: A Nanyang Technological University (NTU) spokesman had confirmed that a final year student from the School of Electrical and Electronics Engineering stabbed a professor Monday morning.

The professor at the engineering faculty was in his office when the student stabbed him with a knife in the back.

Prof Chan Kap Luk, a Singaporean and in his 40s, is said to be the supervisor of the fourth year student in a project.

After stabbing, the male student, who was in his 20s, slit his wrists and jumped.

His body was found at the bottom of a building at the engineering block, which was about five-storey high. He died from his injuries.

Prof Chan received medical treatment for cuts and is in stable condition.

NTU said both parties’ next-of-kin had been notified. (Source: Channel News Asia)

Writing all things positive

R-chan has to submit a short essay of something personal that’s for engineering school.

R-chan says:
i seriously have no idea what to write

KahWee says:
“Regular stay in got morale issue”
write how you think engineering can benefit the society
how singapore could be a hub for engineering and your vision in 2020
you believe that singapore is in the right place and at the right time to become to prime location in south east asia and you wish to be part of this event
Onion laughing emoticon

R-chan says:
wow
where do u get all these?

KahWee says:
i always crap this type of thing mah
Monkey hehe emoticon

R-chan says:
how do you crap all these type of stuff everyday?

KahWee says:
erm.. read more local news..

The local news is probably edited by patriots or optimistic people. On my occasions, I felt we’re living in an all-loving rosy world. I love you, you love me too. Aw…

Good news sells.