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July 22nd, 2005

A Good Local News Channel Site

I know that my head has been in the internets this week, so let me indulge for just one more day.

This past week I had occasion to visit the website of my local CBS channel, channel 2. They’ve undergone a pretty severe makeover in the past couple of years due to sagging ratings. They cleaned house anchor-wise, brought in lots of people from just about every other local channel, and went to a very minimalist Helvetica-and-blue design scheme.

So it makes sense that the website for channel 2 should relaunch but, I must admit, it’s the best local news channel site I’ve ever seen. It’s got a total geek feel about it and with good reason – for you web geeks out there, this site is XHTML 1.0 Strict! (I know I could have just said, “This site is blender alpha Charlie tango rutabega!” and some wouldn’t know the difference. It’s okay.)

The site has pretty neat features, though. The video player is quick to load, and isn’t annoying. The ads are there but are definitely out of the way. And click “Enter City” under the weather box at the top of the page. Someone obviously looked at the little things.

The only caveat I know of is that the kerning of the headlines looks a bit funky on Camino and Firefox on my Mac – everything’s a little too tight. Other than that, though, it’s a really nice redesign… perhaps the best I’ve seen from a really big corporate entity in a long time.

Posted in Miscellaneous

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Friday July 22, 2005 -- 4:34:46 pm

FROM: Paul
DATE: Friday July 22, 2005 -- 5:08:58 pm

FROM: snaily
DATE: Friday July 22, 2005 -- 6:57:10 pm
i love websites that make you feel geeky. hey, dd nyone elsecelebrate "enhance your geekness day" on july 13th?

FROM: nfo
DATE: Friday July 22, 2005 -- 8:30:30 pm
You should see this site on linux box, wowzas.
Its worse than
Its all mangled beyond belief and I can't read one word of text. This is on mozilla no less.
Its great that they use xhtml, but when you don't know how to use it, there's no point.

FROM: Paul
DATE: Saturday July 23, 2005 -- 8:18:24 am
You should see this site on linux box, wowzas.

Not to be all anti-Linux, because I'm not, but I suspect that their web team didn't even look at it in Linux. I'd be surprised if they got more than a blip or two from Linux users.

(geek mode on)

Now, that's not to say the site shouldn't validate. The thing couldn't validate at all due to some illegal characters and - worse - no defined character set. It's like an 80% solution... but I maintain my original Ping.

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