[LINK] SMH has stopped delivering text-display

Pilcher, Fred Fred.Pilcher at act.gov.au
Wed Mar 9 13:54:51 AEDT 2011

Roger wrote:

> The Sydney Morning Herald has had an increasingly ghastly home-page
> (slow load-times because of the vast syndication and excessive
> images, continual interruptions and re-positioning because of
> frequent refreshes, and image completely dominating substance).
> For us curmudgeons, it's always provided a text-only alternative:
> http://www.smh.com.au/text/
> But it's recently stopped posting articles under the National and
> World categories.  I can't see any way to get to the text of an
> article without going through the horrible home-page, and browsing or
> searching from there.
> The Age site (unsurprisingly) is the same.
> Does anyone know anyone on the Fairfax web-team?

I e-mailed them yesterday saying that a kitteh dies every day the text-only site is malfunctioning.

This morning I received this reply:

> Dear Mr Pilcher,
> The good news is the site is still available but there is a technical
> problem which means some stories are not showing in some sections. We
> are working hard to fix it and we apologise for the inconvenience.
> Thank you for your email
> Regards
> Stephanie Raethel
> Online editor, smh.com.au

Very nice.

IMHO the text-only site is the best-designed news site in the world. The main site is an abomination.

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