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Site Review: Wired News redesign

Wired NewsToday marks the launch of the latest iteration of Wired News. In the marketing puff piece that accompanies the launch, we’re told that this redesign will help “lift the Web out of the Dark Ages.” Hyperbole aside, Wired does many things well in this new design. Here’s a few components of the redesign that we suggest news sites consider:

From a graphic design perspective, Wired News looks pretty good. In general, it’s clean and readable. However, we did want to nitpick one ad placement method on their site that kills readability. See example. The Ad and the Story Tools section create this nasty hour-glass shape of copy that readers must navigate. As ads have gotten bigger and louder, flashing and animating for attention, readbility is reducing markedly. It just shows that “printer-friendly” pages are good for more than just printers. They’re easier to read than just about any standard “story” template page.

Posted on Oct 11, 2002 | 3:02 pm EST

READER COMMENTS


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With all due respect, your site does not validate. It’s mostly due to bad character encoding, which is excusable, but there are some tag nesting errors as well.

It’s true, as Zeldman said today, that this happens in the real world, but it’s always good to practice what you preach.

Posted by: Adrian H. on Oct 11, 02 | 4:42 pm EST

Touche Adrian - you’re absolutely right. We just launched the blog this week, and have tried our best to get the XHTML and CSS in our templates valid. Perhaps we launched too soon.… I think we’ve got a bit more to learn about how our CMS works. It seems that our templates are valid, but our data entry is not.

Posted by: shayne on Oct 11, 02 | 4:55 pm EST

I seriously need help with XHTML coding.
i created a text field n “wrapped” the text inside the field but this is not a “valid” attribute. so im wondering how you get the “wrap” attribute to be valid.
PLEASE HELP
thankyou

Posted by: Trippinee on May 20, 05 | 3:59 am EST

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