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News.com Peels Its Skin

Cnet's News.com (external link) today received a new layout, along with a "My News" feature that lets you filter news to your personal interests. The new layout is much more functional, showing more news and popular headlines on the front page.

Like all of Cnet's latest redesigns, this layout uses CSS for styling - an advantage for a much simpler and usable layout. The usability has been greatly improved, and they have adopted the popular tabular navigation format.

The only disadvantage to their new layout is for users who browse with smaller screen resolutions. The new layout is set using fixed positioning, therefore there will be a horizontal scrollbar in smaller resolutions.

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  • I don't really like the layout. One reason is because, as mentioned, it doesn't fit smaller screen resolutions. I use 800x600 and I have the ugly horizontal scrollbar. That isn't a big killer though. I just don't really like the layout at all... razz

    Posted by stickycarrots (external link) on Fri 7 Oct 2005 at 0:01

  • most people however now use well over 800*600 so less and less places are making there site compatable with it. They should do it but it isnt the case

    Posted by Matt Oakes (external link) on Fri 7 Oct 2005 at 12:37

  • They must have specific demographic numbers on who views their site. I bet it skews towards the techo-savy and therefore have the larger displays. Still, it is surprising to see such a popular site be so rigid on their design.

    Posted by WarpNacelle on Fri 7 Oct 2005 at 19:03

  • You can read a note from their editor about the new layout, which addresses the screen size issue briefly:

    http://news.com.com/Note+from+the+editor+Your+new+News.com/2010-1038_3-5889716.html?tag=fd_carsl (external link)

    Honestly, I think it would have been better to go fluid.

    Posted by Ethan Poole (external link) on Fri 7 Oct 2005 at 20:15