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Toronto Star goes all CSS

Well, credit where credit is due: the Toronto Star unveiled a redesign that makes it the first major news site in Canada to use a CSS-based layout. Though later than hoped, the Star’s relaunch beat The Globe and Mail by a good couple of months.

And though hesitant to do a validation check, I had to check. Again, the folks there deserve commendation: of the hundreds of errors in the HTML check, all but two look to be a result of unescaped URLs — most of which are the ones its CMS saddles the site with (unfortunately the CSS doesn’t fare as well).

One point I’m ecstatic about is that the site finally gives up on the fluid layout philosophy its had for years and the one that produced line-lengths to typographers wept over and readers cringed at.

Another change is that the RSS feeds are brought to forefront, linked prominently from the homepage. Coincidentally, the script used to add the RSS feeds is similar to one used on Workopolis — a corporate partner of both the Star and The Globe. That script is a straight copy of the one I built for globeandmail.com. (The Star also copied The Globe’s descriptions of RSS readers.)

So, congrats again to the team behind this Toronto Star redesign, and let the fun get funner in ’06.