Binary Law doesn’t like the Times Online redesign. Good. I loathe it. From intrusive, slow, floating ads (even in Firefox), to an utterly overloaded ad-and-submenu-and-splashspot-laden page, it is dreadful.
It makes the Grauniad look like something set out by a Web 2.0 Mies Van Der Rohe, and that is difficult, G*d knows.
Parts of the Times design are just messy – misaligned grids, iffy colour schemes and so forth. Other problems include wanting to look actually like a newspaper. [Edit. And I’ve just realised, it partly uses something close to my colour scheme – obviously ressentiment kicked in on my part.]
But then worse, comments are invited on news stories but are apparently not appended to the public story post. So why comment? Or is it just an incredibly slow moderation system? [Edit. The truly lovely Tom Whitwell, who rejoices in the vaguely Orwellian title of ‘Times Online Communities Editor’, has dropped by the comments on this post to say that they are suffering a very irritating technical problem. My sympathies.]
Plus, on the day, 14 Feb 07, that I looked at this law sub section page, there were 5, yes 5 different links to the same piece, and at least 4 to another piece, spread over the three columns and header. This is just ridiculous.
Pah. Hopefully it will get better.