Posted by: Matt Compton | March 22, 2007

Free clicking!

It’s been almost a month now, and the new feature on the New York Times website is still killing me. In case you haven’t noticed, if you double click on a word in an NYT article a pop up window appears, defining the term for you. If you aren’t a compulsive clicker when you read blocks of text, then you won’t understand why I am so upset — but this thing is radically disrupting my reading habits.

Why? Because when I read online, I use my cursor. I highlight long blocks of text at a time, I scroll through and read, then highlight again. I’m constantly clicking on the text. And now, every time I do, I get a pop up window and it throws me off. I haven’t read a Sunday Magazine piece in weeks.

There’s a movement underway to have this feature turned off. If you are similarly troubled by this development, please join the chorus of voices in protest!

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  1. I’m not sure exactly why but this website is loading very
    slow for me. Is anyone else having this problem or is
    it a problem on my end? I’ll check back later and see if the problem still exists.


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