Now there's a new way to read the Deseret News.
Starting Wednesday, the news, sports, features, photographs and other information printed in the newspaper every day will be available on the Internet's World Wide Web in addition to the Crossroads Information Network."We want to stay ahead of the game in electronic publishing. This is a good way for us to extend Crossroads, which has already been a very popular service," Deseret News Managing Editor Don Woodward said.
Nearly 4,500 Utahns already subscribe to the Crossroads Information Network, the online service of the Deseret News that provides access to the newspaper's daily reports and library as well as other information.
"Crossroads is geared to those who do not have Web access at home or at work, and who live in the local calling area," Deseret News Online Services Director Stewart Shelline said.
Shelline said the new Deseret News Web Edition is for computer users who have access to the World Wide Web, especially those who live outside the Salt Lake area and have to pay long-distance charges to use Crossroads.
There will be no charge for the Deseret News Web Edition through the end of the year. Future costs are expected to be the same as for Crossroads, which is free to Deseret News subscribers. Non-subscribers pay $9.95 a month.
Using Crossroads requires special Deseret News software and a computer modem. Dialing up the online service outside of the Salt Lake area means a long-distance telephone call.
But all that's needed to access the Deseret News Web Edition is a "Web browser," software that's available through local Internet providers as well as the major online services including Compuserve and American Online.
Web browsers allow computer users to call up pages on the World Wide Web and look through text, photographs and graphics, and link to other information through a feature called "hypertext."
Although the World Wide Web is part of the Internet, most people find it much easier to use because it eliminates the need to learn often arcane computer commands to see text and photographs.
"The Web is to the Internet what Windows or the Mac are to personal computers," Shelline said. "By simply pointing and clicking, you can navigate the rich content available on the Web, which is truly a world-wide resource."
There should be no long-distance telephone charges for most users because local telephone numbers are available from the major online services. Internet providers also can provide local telephone numbers for many areas.
To reach the Deseret News Web Edition, just access the Web browser software you've selected, then type the newspaper's address (http://www.desnews.com or http://220.127.116.11) in the space provided and hit the enter key.
Once users are connected to the Deseret News Web Edition, they'll be able to select the type of information they want to view, including local, state national and international news, business, sports and features.
The Deseret News Web Edition also lets users into the newspaper's archives for 1994 and 1995. Another feature, labeled "etc." on the Web edition, links users to other World Wide Web sites.
One of Crossroads' most popular features, the Church News, will be available in a few weeks on the Web.
Deseret News Design Editor Cory Maylett, who took charge of the design of the Web pages, said he tried to make the newspaper's Web site appealing enough that users will want to return again and again.
"It has to be nice-looking, compelling and attractive or people will just go to another site," Maylett said. "Beyond that, there has to be a lot of content."
There's already a lot available through the new Web site, Online Editor Steve Hawkins said, promising there'll soon be even more.
"At the moment our Web site mirrors Crossroads, basically delivering just the news and photos of the Deseret News," Hawkins said. "But in the coming weeks the online editorial staff will draw on the massive resources of the World Wide Web to bring an expanding menu of news and entertainment to our readers.
"It's gratifying that we were able to get a Web site up so quickly," Hawkins added. He credited Systems Analyst Will Madison, who did much of the needed computer programming, and designer Maylett.