NYT exceptionalism

The first item on David Pogue’s list of tech tips every computer user should know on his New York Times weblog:

You can double-click a word to highlight it in any document, e-mail or Web page.

Er, except for on The New York Times website, which still offers the incredibly annoying “feature” of opening a new window with the definition of any double-clicked word. (Not on the blog pages, thankfully.)

I did learn a couple of things though. Somehow I never knew that the space bar scrolls a screen downward or that a double space bar hit punctuates a sentence on the iPhone.

[Via Virginia Postrel.]


  1. RumorsDaily says:

    I’ve actually emailed the NYTimes to complain about that horrible feature of their webpage. I can’t imagine anybody appreciates it.


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