Response to an anonymous note left on my apartment door, complaining of noise.

Dear Neighbors:

While my ex-wife is in treatment for a serious illness, I am watching her two small young dogs.

They get along well with my two cats and soothe my young daughter during her mother’s absence.

I am sorry that the dogs sometimes bark when I am at work. They are probably somewhat afraid.

The dogs will only be with us for a few more days. God willing, my ex will complete her in-patient treatment early next week.

I apologize for the noise during the day, and thank you for your patience and understanding.

Your Neighbor,


By Jeffrey Zeldman

“King of Web Standards”—Bloomberg Businessweek.

Hi! I’m a principal designer at Automattic, Inc. Also: Publisher and founder, A List Apart “for people who make websites.” Publisher and co-founder, A Book Apart—brief books for people who design, write, and code. Co-founder and co-host, An Event Apart UX & front-end conference. Faculty, MFA Interaction Design, School of Visual Arts, NYC. Host, The Big Web Show. Have written two books, notably ”Designing With Web Standards,“ currently in its 3rd Edition, and, on last count, translated into 15 languages and used as a text in 85 universities.