Here are a couple of notes on using the News pages. We hope
you find them helpful.
The index page
The main news index page is the list
of all the current news stories and the hub of all the news pages.
At the moment we are working on the basis that the whole of one year is
current but we may need to split it again if the page gets unwieldy.
The stories are presented, in order of the date of posting, with
the most recent at the top. You can scroll down and pick a story
that interests you (each clickable title is followed by a very brief
summary of the story content) and click Back or choose "News
Index" in the header to return to the index page.
indicate updated stories
A red dot like the one above, beside the date of a story, means
that it has been substantially updated since it was first
posted. This would mean new or significantly changed material, not
just minor spelling corrections and the like. In some cases we are also listing these changed pages on the index page, so that readers can easily find their way back to the story.
External web links
Where possible, online stories are enhanced by adding a link to an external site of interest. In general, we try to link these so they open in the same browser window, as I find this more user-friendly, and your "Back" button will still work. However, where we know that the external site uses an immediate divert, and will prevent you from getting back easily, we try to avoid this problem by opening it in a new window.
We hope this is helpful and works alright for you. If you want to read more about it, please see the note in our Editorial Musings. If you get into problems with it and just want to be sent the email address in plain text, just let us know. Contact info is at the bottom of this page.
There are superb news archives on the site going back to 1998 and
beyond. Well worth a look, they need a tiny bit of attention giving
to their navigation. The principal
issue you should note is that at the moment clicking "Headlines"
from any archived story takes you back to the current news
index page, not, as you might think, the news index for the archive
you are in. This is a byproduct of the archiving process and can
be fixed. Having noted this minor flaw, please take a look around
in them as they contain some great stuff.
If you have any comments on the news pages, or questions about
their use, I would love to hear from you. Please send your comments to email@example.com.
written by Neville Young
updated by Amanda Pepping
News editors' welcome note