Last week I had a rather good bon mot, if I may say so:
Isn’t that better?
Well, yes of course, it’s streets ahead for me the reader. But you can barely tell that it’s from the BBC. The Corporation isn’t going to like that, yet alone that I, a non-license fee paying foreigner, am not seeing their ads. Maybe we can find a happy medium:
It’s a basic cut-and-paste hack job but I think it gets the job done. The key thing is that it gives the text the entire large center column, while the section links and ad units are relegated to the left and right columns that essentially look like a background layer behind the main, article layer. So yes, they’re de-emphasized but, unlike the Instpaper version, they’re still there. If you run the BBC wouldn’t you prefer that?