The online version of the New York Times has good material, despite
the daily AP style error, but they allow applications to their
site that are impediments to receiving information and holding
on to readers.
Advertisement is the main source of mayhem on NYTIMES.com.
Not only are ads scattered about the page, but new ads pop-up
every time a new page is opened. When an audio page of a selected
reading was clicked on, the reading is not what was heard, and
the desired page. The sound of screeching tires were heard as
a car drove over the page several times leaving a trail of blue
lines. When the car finally stopped, it faded to white. Unfortunately,
so did the entire page along with Internet Explorer. Having advertisements
online is fine. Having advertise-ments that cause the entire browser
to malfunction is not. The reasoning for this probably lies with
in the fact that subscription to the NYTIMES.com is free and you
can even have a customized e-mail of the publication sent to you
every day. However, even though it is free, that doesn't justify
ads that impinge on getting information.
As seen above, the home page is unbearably long.
A finger could actually face fatigue from this website. This is
due, in part, to a list of sections with each category's top three
or four stories three-quarters of the way down the page, after
the paper's sections have already been labeled at the top. If
someone wants to read about Home and Garden, they will most likely
select the link at the top of the screen rather than scroll down
the enormous home page to check out the big gardening stories
of the day.
I might point out that the audience was not entirely
ignored in terms of page design. In terms of screen size, the
NYTIMES.com did remember to include amenities like cell padding
in their coding so that people with 800 x 600 screen sizes will
have the whole screen filled, with no horizontal bar.