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.

#5 3/4 Credit

by Wiggins <>

Friday October 11th, 2002 6:19 PM

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I give them 3/4 credit. Sure they adopted the standards for the coding, and hooray for not using tables for the design, but I can't help stating that why bother to go to all the trouble and then create a site that is left justified and stationary. A simple use of 100% width in the main content area would have made the site really stand out as impressive, but until that happens it is still nothing more than a print design coded so that a browser can understand it, granted it is nice that all the browsers can understand it, but they still aren't thinking in non-print terms when it comes to layout, which I suppose is not surprising from a "magazine" even if it is called wired.

All of the sites that I visit on a regular basis and enjoy use this concept, mozillazine, mozilla, amazon, my yahoo!, slashdot, sourceforge,, etc.

Then you go to a site like wired, or the detroit free press, la times, ny times, abc news, MSN (ick), ESPN, at least CNet and ZdNet are centered (though they aren't full browser width), and they all look like sh*t.

So, sorry wired you get 2 stars for making the attempt and following through on the code base, but you lose a star for the print design, and lose 2 more stars for patting yourself on the back while missing the mark.