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January 19, 2005 12:40 AM

Broken: (Just a comment...) National Theater booking

NftChris Worth writes:

For an arts organisation funded by Tony Blair's egalitarian government, the honorifics pulldown for Britain's National Theatre bookings site displays a remarkable tendency towards the upper classes. (The attached GIF is edited only to show the full menu.)

I think the third one from the top describes me best.

[Not necessarily broken, but worth a "hmmmmmm"...   -mh]


What really strikes me as odd about that is how many darn entries there are. Wouldn't it be easier just to enter your own title?

Posted by: Matt at January 19, 2005 02:27 AM

How can I get the title of Invalid Attribute Index? :)

Posted by: Bakkster at January 19, 2005 07:41 AM

I used to work for BT, and a not-dissimilar set of entries appear in the mainframe. As many titles are very long, there is a whole section in the manual on how to correctly abbreviate them all. In some cases this could flag you out for special treatment (eg a doctor may be on call). In the Opera's case, I suspect the special treatment is being politely asked for a large donation.

Posted by: Spoon at January 19, 2005 08:47 AM

I see Dr and Mrs, but no Dr and Mr... I suppose it is not all that common but neither are the rest of those.

Posted by: melanie at January 19, 2005 09:00 AM

Another broken thing (as well as the "Invalid Attribute Index") is that "Make a selection" is in the middle of the list, not at the top or bottom.

Posted by: Ciaran at January 19, 2005 09:09 AM

Well, not exactly Ciaran, though it's probably accidental. It takes half the time to reach the endpoints of the list (top an bottom) when starting in the middle, than it would take to reach the end if you started at the top.

Posted by: Reed at January 19, 2005 01:41 PM

"Make a selection" is not in the middle, it's at the top. The appearance here is due to the editing to show the complete menu that Chris mentions. See for yourself at

Posted by: lomedhi at January 19, 2005 09:58 PM

This is nothing compared to the list on the British Airways frequent flyer registration -

The titles there include several that apply to rather specific individuals (His Holiness, Her Majesty)

Posted by: Anonymous at January 20, 2005 01:11 AM

The real trouble is the shocking sexism displayed. There is "Dr and Mrs" but no "Dr and Mr". There is "Prof and Mrs" but no "Prof and Mr". The message is clear that married women Doctors and Professors are not welcome!

But what is the difference between M&Mr and Mr&m ?

Posted by: J. Scott at January 20, 2005 03:59 AM

Ha Anonymous, you are right, British Airways has them all beat! I will copying that list to my websites' registration forms right away so no one will feel left out!

Posted by: J. Scott at January 20, 2005 04:10 AM

Actually, if you go to the site, there is a "Dr and Mr". Maybe the web designer has been reading this site :)

Posted by: Miri at January 20, 2005 02:11 PM

Another broken thing. Internet Explorer!! Use Firefox, it's not broken like Internet Explorer.

Posted by: Andrew at January 20, 2005 03:22 PM

wow. i didn't even know so many titles existed! (british airway's site)

Posted by: anon202 at January 20, 2005 04:08 PM

I wonder whether you refer to an Invalid Attribute Index by first or last names. Perhaps it should have a built-in one-off error, and so you refer to the person by middle name. "The IAI Fitzgerald" perhaps. :-)

Posted by: Trey at January 20, 2005 04:10 PM

I was going to point out the British Airways one too. Not only is there a remarkable surfeit of titles, it's highly amusing that they do include "His Holiness" - a title that only the Pope is entitled to. It's nice that they're looking to accomodate him, but I'm guessing he probably won't sign up online.

Posted by: Steve at January 20, 2005 08:24 PM

Maybe it would be under Mr and Dr, instead of Dr and Mr, by analogy with Mr and Mrs

Posted by: Invalid Atribute Index Adam at January 21, 2005 10:34 AM

Also broken: the title "Invalid Attribute index" near the top.

Posted by: atomicthumbs at February 4, 2005 01:42 PM

I agree with andrew.why would you want to use IE. with firefox you can choose your own theme for it.

Posted by: Unknown at February 24, 2005 05:52 PM

i'm just surprised Mr. President isn't on there. or maybe Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire.

Posted by: Bob at March 25, 2005 09:38 AM

LOL! one of the choices is the hon lady! what does that mean?

Posted by: Ben at May 11, 2005 04:07 PM

"Presenting His Invalid Attribute Index..."

Posted by: Ben Tweed at May 31, 2006 02:04 PM

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