This is the first in what we hope will be an ongoing series of conversations between our readers and the N&O Design, Development and Content producing teams. We want to keep you informed about what we're working on and interested in, as well as what's up and coming on our websites.
We hope you'll find it to be an interesting read, and look forward to your feedback as we continue to move our online Triangle journalism and community building efforts forward.
I work on the Interactive Media team as a front-end designer, making the sort of design choices that impact what you see on your screen. Be it the logo on a new site or an advertisement, there's a good chance that I've worked on something you've seen.
To me its been more akin to having a friendly conversation with the boxes, images, and text on a page, versus sending them a complicated series of instructions that I have to write in Esperanto.
Within an hour of being shown this new technology, I was adding interactive elements to a web page with great ease. Boxes appeared and disappeared. Lines of text were highlighted and tabs faded in and out. It was still design, but now I was able to control it from another point in the process.
When we installed jQuery on newsobserver.com (in order to get our new story commenting feature up and running), I knew it was time to see where else it could be utilized.
We used it to load the newsobserver.com homepage more quickly. jQuery allowed us to take the pieces that take a little longer to load and move them to the end of the queue. This allows the page to show the breaking news stories much more quickly, sending our readers to where they want to be without removing anybody's favorite features.
Using this bit of code:
We were able to tell the page to load everything but the stock ticker, and then load the ticker and move it into its usual place.
Kind of like when someone at Target shouts 'Register 3 is now open, no line and no wait'.
What does this mean for our readers?
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