Megan Taylor

front-end dev, volunteacher, news & data junkie, bibliophile, Flyers fan, sci-fi geek and kitteh servant

New feature on NYT Web site?

My co-workers at the Help Desk like to get their news online. We were talking about an article on the New York Times Web site, when someone highlighted a paragraph and inadvertently double-clicked.

Apparently, when you double-click on a word in an article, it opens a pop-up window with the definition of the word.

A neat feature, no doubt, but it isn’t made obvious that this will happen. A lot of people highlight as they read to keep track of where they are, and clicking inadvertently could be confusing and irritating.

So, please NYT, give me the option of turning that nonsense off.

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  • It’s not new. I blogged about it back in December, and I’m not even sure it was new then.

    Personally, I think it’s useful. I am constantly hitting F12 to get to my dictionary widget as I come across new words or phrases on the Internet. I like that the NYT makes it easy and gives background not just on words but on people, companies, events, etc.

    Though, if you could turn off the feature, I guess it would please both of us, so perhaps that’s something they should look into.

  • It’s not new. I blogged about it back in December, and I’m not even sure it was new then.

    Personally, I think it’s useful. I am constantly hitting F12 to get to my dictionary widget as I come across new words or phrases on the Internet. I like that the NYT makes it easy and gives background not just on words but on people, companies, events, etc.

    Though, if you could turn off the feature, I guess it would please both of us, so perhaps that’s something they should look into.

  • The problem is that they don’t tell you they’re doing it. So, unsuspecting, someone doubleclicks while reading and WHAM! Pop-up window! Noooo!

  • The problem is that they don’t tell you they’re doing it. So, unsuspecting, someone doubleclicks while reading and WHAM! Pop-up window! Noooo!

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