Archive: March 2007

Editor's Note: About Our New Home Page

To our readers, Welcome to our new home page. I wanted to take a few minutes to tell you about some of the key changes, and the thinking behind it. One of the most frequent complaints about our previous home page was clutter, specifically the number of links and lack of open space on the page. In this new page, we've added more white space and cut down the number of long lists of text links. The hope is that these changes give the page more of an open, inviting feel and make it easier to scan. We've also moved to a more modular layout to make it easier to find your favorite home page features. To better highlight our award-winning video and photo content, we've added a multimedia strip to the page. This band will be comprised of videos, photos and interactives, and by using the scroll arrows or...

By Washingtonpost.com Editors | March 30, 2007; 12:57 PM ET | Comments (557)

Edwards Headline Issue

For 51 seconds on Thursday afternoon, washingtonpost.com had an erroneous headline on our home page related to the John Edwards press conference. The headline said, "John Edwards Suspends White House Bid." I wanted to explain how that occurred, and discuss an error I made after we found out what had happened. As we waited for the press conference to begin, our home page editor was planning a new home page that would be published quickly upon learning the status of the Edwards campaign after the anticipated revelation that Elizabeth Edwards's breast cancer had recurred. As is the standard process when we're trying to prepare for multiple scenarios, we plugged a headline into our home page tool that we believed to be the most likely scenario. As you can see from this screen shot of the inaccurate page, the text underneath the headline said, "Democratic presidential hopeful cuts short bid to...

By Jim Brady | March 23, 2007; 1:05 PM ET | Comments (25)

Recipe Finder Launches

Are you scrounging through your refrigerator at the last minute for meal ideas? Maybe you're planning a dinner party? We've come to the rescue with just the thing to help. Washingtonpost.com's new Recipe Finder lets users search a growing database of more than 1,000 recipes that have appeared in The Washington Post newspaper and on washingtonpost.com. Recipe Finder lets home cooks search for dishes by features such as Fast, Healthy, Meatless and Kid-Friendly as well as by course, cuisine and holiday. You can also just type in your desired ingredients or recipe name, click "Go" and explore. Once you find recipes you like, you can print them and e-mail them to friends. Nearly every recipe has full nutritional information and many have accompanying photos. Recipe Finder will grow each week with new recipes and new features. So, come back often and happy cooking! Stacey Palosky, Lifestyles Editor...

By Stacey Garfinkle | March 21, 2007; 12:07 PM ET | Email a Comment

 

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