IHT News Layout

By Deane Barker on June 7, 2005

The International Herald Tribute does something really interesting with their news articles. This design has been around for a while, but it’s worth looking at again. Look at this one.

See how it’s divided up into columns, and you can page back and forth without reloading the page. This is done client-side with JavaScript. Click “Change Format” on the left, and you can switch to a traditional, single-column layout. You used to be able to switch between a two- and three-column layout as well, but I can’t find that option anymore.

This is cool because I almost didn’t notice it at the time. It’s so…natural, that it just slips by without you thinking about it.



  1. That is cool. The PREVIOUS/NEXT page could be a bit bigger or something for people unfamiliar with this layout I think. I can imagine a minute or two of floundering before finding the buttons. I do like how the buttons will highlight when you mouse over the L-most or R-most columns. All in all, very impressive.

  2. I agree its a pretty cool way to do it, but it doesn’t degrade gracefully if you have Javascript turned off. You see no content at all. I’m sure someone could figure out a way to do this where the page would just show the whole story if you had scripting turned off.

    I think it is important to have Javascript solutions that degrade gracefully, because so many malware attacks can be avoided by turning scripting off. Every site that absolutely requires Javascript to work properly is one more encouragement to end users to default Javascript on all the time. That helps worms and spyware spread.

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