CNN and I have had a falling out. Every time I visit their website a video starts playing and there’s no way to switch it off. Whatever music I’m listening to has to be put on hold so I can waste a couple of seconds of my life tracking the thing down and muting it.
Ah, you might be thinking, browsers have an option to stop videos from autoplaying, and you’d be right. Only somehow CNN has found a way around it.
In short: nothing works.
When I was first learning to build websites one of the core principles taught was “degrade gracefully”. Make sure your public site at least functions at the bottom end of the tech curve. I know I don’t always get it right, but I try. CNN just doesn’t seem to have bothered.
Whatever their reasoning, it seems they’ve abandoned this basic principle of good web design. And it isn’t like their site isn’t something a week on WordPress won’t recreate (I know, I’ve done it).
For now, we’re parting company. The longer I stay away the less likely I’ll be to return.
Not that they’ll notice. Or care.