Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Of websites and information

In doing my round up post this morning, I got the brainwave that I should just take the press releases from the parties themselves rather than attempting to sift through the media's accounts of what the leaders promised.  So I decided that I would grab the press releases from the parties and that way I don't have to search for the information.

First stop was the Conservative website.  It was clean, loaded quickly and I could find what I needed right away.  I also note that the Conservative press releases are a lot longer than the others simply because they put a backgrounder on each policy announcement.  Next stop,  To open that web site it was like night and day compared to the Conservatives.  For a party that claims to have a lot of creative people, I think all that creativity is getting in the way.  It took a full half a minute to load and even then all elements weren't working at normal speed, and not only that, I couldn't find an RSS feed at first blush.  I went straight to where again, the site was clean, loaded quickly and I found the feed right away.

After I got the NDP one, I went back to and searched for another couple minutes before I finally found the press releases.  After that, there was no indication of an RSS feed so I finally took a shot in the dark and just signed up the press release page as an RSS.  We'll see how it works in the future.

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