Find Out About Ontario’s Long-Term Care Homes

Today, Health Quality Ontario’s Long-Term Care Public Reporting Website was refreshed with home-level data for all 630+ long-term care homes in Ontario. This is a first for the province – in fact, HQO now hosts the most comprehensive long-term care public reporting website in Canada. Any member of the public who is interested in long-term care quality in Ontario can go to the HQO website, look up a home of interest, and review that home’s performance on falls, pressure ulcers, incontinence, and restraints. Updated results for 9 of the 12 provincial-level indicators we report are also available as of today.

I’m very happy to have played an instrumental role in bringing the project this far, what started out as a simple design refresh, became an integrated team effort of success with many colleagues at Health Quality Ontario.

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Font rendering issues on Google Chrome on OS X

There seems to be a small problem with many websites viewed in the latest version of Chrome on OS X as of recently (version 22.0.1229.79 on September 27, 2012).

There seems to be a small problem with many websites viewed in the latest version of Chrome on OS X as of recently (version 22.0.1229.79, updated on September 26, 2012).

The issue, documented here on the chromium issues tracker, talks about the fonts looking slightly more bold, or heavier, thicker and sometimes fuzzy due to a small repair job done on CSS -webkit-font-smoothing property that many web designers and developers were using to make their custom web-font typefaces render as intended by the glyph outlines in the fonts that they embedded on their websites. reports that the bug where it also affected the weight of the text as a side effect has been fixed.

He also mentions that the additional weight of the typeface is rendered on purpose by the CoreGraphics API on OS X. There is a setting on the system that smooths text for LCD monitors, dialating the glyph outline by a factor of two, and that there was in fact a bug with the previous -webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased CSS property that ignored the CoreGraphics doubling of the dilation effect and rendered the font to its intended outlines without any smoothing.

Now that the bug has been fixed in Chrome’s code, the antialiasing bug is no longer dismissing the CoreGraphics LCD smoothing and therefor the fonts look heavier.

There isn’t a straightforward solution to fix the bolding of type on webkit browsers on OS X, however one might try addressing Apple OS X’s CoreGraphics LCD font smoothing directly by turning off your system’s LCD smoothing in System Preferences (under Appearance or General Settings), or with the following command in Terminal and restarting your browser.

defaults -currentHost write -globalDomain AppleFontSmoothing -int 0

The default when using lcd smoothed text is 2. To reset to the default value, use this command:

defaults -currentHost write -globalDomain AppleFontSmoothing -int 2

Note: This won’t modify the way your website is viewed on other people’s computers with OS X and webkit-based browsers. This only affects your ownlocal OS X system LCD font smoothing rendering.

Update: apparently the Chrome team is going to revert the fix to a planned bug so that they can buy themselves time to release a proper solution.

Proper MIME types for Embedded @font-face Fonts

There are a number of font formats that one can set MIME types for, on both Apache and IIS servers. I’ve traditionally had luck with the following settings.

Article Update: August 16, 2013

Article Update: October 1, 2012

After some exhaustive research, I managed to find the best server settings for serving web fonts. This article replicates my comment in reply to this question on the Stack Exchange forum.

There are a number of font formats that one can set MIME types for, on both Apache and IIS servers. I’ve traditionally had luck with the following:

svg  as "image/svg+xml"
ttf  as "application/x-font-ttf" or "application/x-font-truetype"
otf  as "application/x-font-opentype"
woff as "application/font-woff" (per my August 16, 2013 update below)
eot  as "application/"

According to the Internet Engineering Task Force who maintain the initial document regarding Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME types) here: … it says in specifics:

It is expected that additions to the larger set of
supported types can generally be accomplished by the creation of new
subtypes of these initial types. In the future, more top-level types
may be defined only by a standards-track extension to this standard.
If another top-level type is to be used for any reason, it must be
given a name starting with “X-” to indicate its non-standard status
and to avoid a potential conflict with a future official name.

As it were, and over time, additional MIME types get added as standards are created and accepted, therefor we see examples of vendor specific MIME types such as and the like.

Update October 1, 2012: I’ve been in touch with some of the people at Monotype and Extensis who watch the W3C www-font listserve. Vladimir Levantovsky from Monotype mentioned to me that the media type “application/font-woff” has been discussed and approved by the W3C WebFonts WG, and as such is now the part of the WOFF spec. However, to the best of his knowledge, it has not yet been registered with IANA. Thomas Phinney from Extensis mentioned as well that he was recently discussing this among the engineering staff at Extensis the other day, and the conclusion was that having a real, dedicated MIME type for WOFF and fonts in general would be a good thing, from their point of view.

Update August 16, 2013: On January 3, 2013 the WOFF MIME Type was formally registered as application/font-woff with IANA. Consequently, Webkit has been updated and browsers that incorporate this Webkit update (e.g., Chrome and Safari) will likely be showing an error that displays something like: “Resource interpreted as Font but transferred with MIME type application/x-font-woff: /location/of/font.woff” in your Developer Tools Code Inspector. To fix this, you need to change the media type on your server to “application/font-woff”.

Since the warnings are only annoying I would recommend switching to the approved MIME type right away. In an ideal world, the warnings will resolve themselves in time.

With that said, we may see an entirely new set of protocols for servers serving web-fonts, which may include things like security, management and new architectures for font storage on the server side. Stay tuned!

Separate WordPress dashboard URLs for multisite domain mapped sites

I have multisite and domain mapping setup on my WordPress.

I’m hosting one of my friends websites on it and want to have the experience as close to a separate install as possible.

I have the main site going to and when I want to administer that site, I just visit

However, I have a sub-site, domain mapped to and I want to administer it within the domain realm

For the most part, works when entered into the browser, but immediately redirects to and any subsequent pages fall under that structure.

How do I get the subsequent structure of admin pages to appear to come from and not ?

Well, after a lot of searching on google with different query terms, I finally found out that there is a setting in the domain mapping that already does this.

The following link explains it a bit better:


  1. Go to Network Admin > Dashboard > Settings > Domain Mapping
  2. Under Domain Options, uncheck #1 (Remote Login)
  3. Under Domain Options, uncheck #4 (Redirect administration pages…)

That should do it.

Additionally, I enabled option #2 and #3 and unchecked #5.

This makes sure that:

  1. search engines recognize the redirect as permanent 301 (not temporary 302)
  2. the users have access to the domain mapping settings in wordpress
  3. if you have various domain names mapped to one of the sites on your network (they act like separate aliases or sites), unchecking #5 will make sure that they act like one site by redirecting them to the primary domain name mapped for that site on your network.


Grun·Built Brand LogoI’m working on a new website for Joel Greenwald’s construction company called Grun·Built. In about 20 minutes I’ve put together a very rudimentary splash-page featuring some resizing full-screen imagery to showcase some of his work. Check it out and check back in about a month’s time, we’ll have some more content up for people to see as well as some details on Joel’s amazing work with HGTV’s Curb Appeal this past January.

How to Tie a Tie

Working independently as a student in the Graphic Design 03 class at OCAD University, I was tasked to design an information sheet to help people understand the object and its function. I chose a neck tie, and the process of how to tie the neck tie.

Image of the Illustration of How to Tie a Tie

Many people find it difficult to follow instructions because they cannot understand the components of the product. This kind of frustration can be eliminated if a designer identifies and shows the different parts of a product clearly. In this project I was asked to explain an object by identifying and showing its parts effectively and by producing clear and concise instructions as to the function of the product.

Working independently as a student in the Graphic Design 03 class at OCAD University, I was tasked to design an information sheet to help people understand the object and its function. I chose a neck tie, and the process of how to tie the neck tie.

My Approach

How to Tie a Tie Sketches

  • The drawings and the descriptions work in tandem. To be concise and accurate, they need the accompaniment of each other.
  • There is immediate complexity due to intertwining loops of the tie ribbon, this in turn creates many lines and shapes in the illustrations.
  • To assist in the illustrations and instruction, the left side and right side of the tie will be separated by different colour so as to differentiate the two sides.
  • There will also be two shades, a front (light) shade and a back (dark) shade of each colour to also assist in differentiating the wrapping of the tie.
  • The overall impression is one of formality, including patterns, colours and typography associated with sophistication.

WordPress injection attack, JavaScript code disables site.

The other day I found this piece of code in many of my JavaScript files on a WordPress installation I had running. This code disabled my website, but I was more curious how the code was injected to every JavaScript file that I had running for the various plugins and scripts I made for the website. If anyone has any knowledge about injection attacks and is running some code scanning, be sure to look for parts of this in your files:

Bad JavaScript Code [PDF]