December 23, 2011
Changes

Two changes to be aware of…

First - I will no longer update this Tumblr. Since updates are few and far between its easier to keep it under my regular tumblr: donohoe.tumblr.com

Second - I just released the full source of the extension on GitHub. I’m hoping it will be useful. I wrote the code in a hurry so there is plenty to be done in terms of refactoring and cleaning up. It may even push someone to add a Safari or Firefox version if the CSS and other JS based rules can be split into a common area.

Anyway, thought you should know.

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Filed under: ochs donohoe github 
October 6, 2011
Version 0.1.5.2 is live.

Version 0.1.5.2 is live.

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Filed under: thank you steve 
August 29, 2011

Last night I began playing around with a Navigation Bar for the Homepage. The idea is that it will list the standard sections but with an option for to change those.

If it works as I expect I hope to use this in place of the differing Nav Bars across the site - that won’t be easy. Just look at Travel, Business, Technology sectionfronts. All unique in their own way.

On a minor issue, I need some help and feedback…

When the Homepage loads, should the Navigation Bar be faded (until you move the mouse over it), or fully visible?

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Filed under: ochs homepage nytimes opacity 
August 26, 2011
Experiments in Formatting News: A Better New York Times

A nice review, with a selection of comparison pictures, by Martha Rotter.

"Lots of people have worked hard to try and rein­vent The New York Times web­site, yet most attempts are ideal­istic and don’t take into account the hard real­ity of need­ing to include ads, of deal­ing with pay­wall mater­ial, of con­tent own­er­ship across a large com­pany, of the demands of a site that is updated con­stantly for an audi­ence of mil­lions."

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Filed under: review ochs 
August 24, 2011
Slideshows on Homepage now use full available width.

Slideshows on Homepage now use full available width.

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Filed under: homepage, nytimes 
August 19, 2011
"It’s an uncluttered, iPad-inspired look (a lot like the Times’ newish Opinion Pages). Headlines and body text are set in Cheltenham, the Times’ serif of choice since 2003, instead of plain-vanilla Georgia."

Meet Ochs, a Chrome extension that dresses up the NYT » Nieman Journalism Lab » Pushing to the Future of Journalism

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Filed under: nieman about 
August 19, 2011
What about Ads?


I’ve always stated that in the long-term I’d like to restore all most of the ads. I’m trying to think of new ways to do that that accommodates the user-experience and the site’s business.

Here are a few ideas I’m exploring:

1. Progressive. One thought I had was a progressive approach. The more you use the site in a given time span (days/weeks) the less ads you see - to a point.

2. Merit. Display more ads for non-paying subscribers, and provide a very minimal ad experience to those who are shelling out of their pocket each month.

3. Staggered. For example - there are ads the first time you visit an Article, but not for the next five visits, then it resets.

I’d welcome outside ideas on this…

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Filed under: nytimes ochs ads 
August 18, 2011
I added Typekit to the latest release (0.1.3.3) of Ochs. Right now it only affects only the Home Page and Article pages.

What this means is that most Headlines are now rendered in the Times customized version of the Cheltenham font (as opposed to Georgia). It is a wonderful beautiful thing. You could of course see this already in a few places like  Times Skimmer and the Opinion sectionfronts. Ochs just takes it further.

From Wikipedia:

“Cheltenham is an old style serif typeface, designed in 1896 by Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue and Ingalls Kimball for use by a New York publisher, the Cheltenham Press. Six years later Morris Fuller Benton at American Type Founders (ATF) developed it into a final design and then the series.

Cheltenham is not based on a single historical model, and shows influences of the Arts and Crafts Movement. Bold condensed and bold condensed italic variants are used for headlines by The New York Times.”

While Typekit loads there is sometimes a flickering affect. When there is a lot of text on screen there can also be a noticeable jump between the default and Typekit fonts. Its not a very pleasant experience.

To mitigate this I sort of hide the affected text. If you choose to use Typekit fonts (yes by default) it should wait long enough for it to load before appearing. Ditto, but faster, if you choose not too.

I hope that is is an acceptable solution and I’ll continue to review and refine it.

If you prefer the default Georgia font you can disable Typekit fonts by going to Window > Extensions, and choosing Options by the Ochs extension.

I added Typekit to the latest release (0.1.3.3) of Ochs. Right now it only affects only the Home Page and Article pages.

What this means is that most Headlines are now rendered in the Times customized version of the Cheltenham font (as opposed to Georgia). It is a wonderful beautiful thing. You could of course see this already in a few places like Times Skimmer and the Opinion sectionfronts. Ochs just takes it further.

From Wikipedia:

Cheltenham is an old style serif typeface, designed in 1896 by Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue and Ingalls Kimball for use by a New York publisher, the Cheltenham Press. Six years later Morris Fuller Benton at American Type Founders (ATF) developed it into a final design and then the series.

Cheltenham is not based on a single historical model, and shows influences of the Arts and Crafts Movement. Bold condensed and bold condensed italic variants are used for headlines by The New York Times.

While Typekit loads there is sometimes a flickering affect. When there is a lot of text on screen there can also be a noticeable jump between the default and Typekit fonts. Its not a very pleasant experience.

To mitigate this I sort of hide the affected text. If you choose to use Typekit fonts (yes by default) it should wait long enough for it to load before appearing. Ditto, but faster, if you choose not too.

I hope that is is an acceptable solution and I’ll continue to review and refine it.

If you prefer the default Georgia font you can disable Typekit fonts by going to Window > Extensions, and choosing Options by the Ochs extension.

August 17, 2011
A preview… Typekit is coming soon.

A preview… Typekit is coming soon.

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Filed under: ochs typekit nytimes 
August 17, 2011
A Cleaner Way to Read the New York Times - Technology - The Atlantic Wire

"Everything still looks like The Times, just cleaner."