Wired News Redesigns With Web Standards

Friday October 11th, 2002

Brent Marshall, Anonymous, sacolcor and Doron all wrote in to tell us that Wired News has a new, standards-compliant design. The site, part of Terra Lycos (Condé Nast owns the magazine bit), is now coded in XHTML 1.0 Transitional and CSS with not a <table> tag in sight (though as Scott Andrew points out, the front page doesn't quite validate right now). In addition, the site now features user-selectable alternative stylesheets. It also looks great.

Doron adds: "Eric Meyer from the Netscape Evangelism group has an interview with the Network Design Manager at Netscape DevEdge." Eric Meyer is also quoted in the Terra Lycos press release.

#19 I'd give them a plus for that

by leafdigital

Tuesday October 15th, 2002 4:27 AM

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I generally prefer fixed-width sites. Liquid sites nearly always have major line-length issues.

It's possible, with careful use of max-width (a property which, btw, will actually work only for around 1% of wired's audience) to restrict lines to a reasonable length so that you have liquid sites which don't become unreadable on too-large browser windows. But most liquid sites don't do this.

The really important thing here is user education. We need to teach users that blank space is *not* 'wasted space' and that it's far, far better to have text lines of a sensible length (up to about 14-15 words max, with 8-12 being a more comfortable norm) than to fit somebody's misguided idea of 'not wasting any space'.

Save your eyes, not a few blank pixels.