The Best of the Internets


The famed Grey Lady has begun the shift to HTTPS. Their reasoning? It “helps protect the privacy of our readers and ensures the authenticity of our content.”

This is very exciting!

So far, the following have been migrated:

  • The home page
  • Articles published in 2014 and later
  • Most section, column and topic pages
  • The mobile site
  • Most blog pages
  • TimesVideo
  • Podcast pages

They are committed to moving all of under HTTPS, but as we learned from the processes that other publications—The Washington Post, Wired, BuzzFeed, The Guardian—it can take time and it can also be quite painful.

We thank them for doing it though.

Take the Time to Use Fewer Words

Excellent reminders from my colleague Torrey Podmajersky:

If a user experience needs an explanation, something is fundamentally broken. Consider redesigning the experience until people no longer need it explained to them.

My Increasing Wariness of Dogmatism

Many thanks to Chris Coyier for this piece on dogmatism. Framing is so important! Ultimately we all want to build a Web that works for as many people as possible while being fast, reliable, and a joy to create… and we can only do it if we work together.

A Cautionary Tale: DOJ Intervenes in Another Web Accessibility Lawsuit

Supermarket chain Winn Dixie claims that Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act doesn’t apply online in Gil v. Winn Dixie and the U.S. Department of Justice steps in to set them straight:

In response to Winn-Dixie’s position that Title III applies only to its physical location. DOJ cited the language of the ADA which says that “Title III applies to discrimination in the goods and services ‘of’ a place of public accommodation, rather than being limited to those goods and services provided ‘at’ or ‘in’ a place of public accommodation.” DOJ also argued Title III’s application to the website at issue is consistent with every other court decision to have addressed the coverage of websites with a nexus to brick and mortar locations.