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The reading experience has been redesigned throughout the new BIV.com. The homepage of the BIV still houses all the same great content, but has been enhanced for a modern browsing experience.
One of the most obvious new features is the Must Read feature on the left side of the site. We will regularly handpick articles that we think are most relevant. If you're looking for a quick hit, of what's important now, this is the list for you. (On mobile devices, this list can be reached by clicking the list icon in the top left corner of your mobile device screen.)
Clicking on any of the Must Read articles will load a page with all five articles layed out in order, allowing for easy reading in a single scrolling view up or down.
In addition to the Must Read list, you'll find a featured article prominently located at the top of the page. Similar to the must read, this article is hand picked based on what is today's top news.
Video continues to be a focus of BIV.com and we will have a featured video listed on the Homepage at all times. Additional videos are listed within the recent news list as well as on the Videos page.
The remainder of the Homepage includes the most recent news published on BIV.com. At the bottom of the page, the View More Articles button will load 12 more article headlines based on recency. For easy browsing, you can continue to load as many articles as you like.
The new article view has been redesigned for better readability on your computer, tablet or mobile device. Increased type sizes and optimized line lengths have been used throughout.
In the article view, you will notice that the Must Read list continues to be available for quick navigation.
In addition to the aesthetic changes, a number of enhancements have been added to make reading BIV.com more personal and social.
As a subscriber, the Save button (right side below social media sharing links) allows you to save an article as a favourite, bookmarking the article to your Dashboard.
Sharing an article on social media is quick and easy using the share buttons (right side). These icons will float down the page alongside the article to be quickly accessible as long as the article body remains in view. Simply click a share button to share on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Google+.
BIV.com continues to use Disqus for comments on each article. Add to the conversation or simply review what others have to say.
Following the article, you'll find two additional sections with article links. Also Read contains additional articles which have been curated by BIV.com editorial staff for additional reading. Immediately below that you'll find another list of five articles from the same section as the article you just read (for example, More From Innovation).
There are a number of ways to explore and search for articles on the redesigned BIV.com. The primary navigation includes prominent links to the Explore page and the four other key value areas; People, Events, Video, and Data.
To the far right in the same grey band is a quick search field along with a link. You can populate this field and run a search, or simply click on the magnifying glass to bring up the advanced search fields which include a date range selection.
On the search results page you will see the results of your search along with several factors which can be used to narrow the results of your search. If you are a registered BIV.com subscriber, you can also choose to save your search results and run that search quickly using a link on your user dashboard.
The Explore page is a way to navigate and find parts of the you may not have known about.
On the new BIV.com, we've refined the sections that we use to group content. There are now 18 sections, links to the list of recent articles from each section are at the top of the Explore page.
Another new feature on the site is the use of Storylines. When there is a theme that is running through the news, we'll be using storylines to tie the news together. As an example, stories relating to the current B.C. teachers strike. Recently used storylines and a link to the related articles can are in the "What's Happening Now" section of the Explore page.
Continuing down the page you will find sponsored content links, recent articles from the people section, a list of active authors and a link to digital versions of the weekly BIV print edition.
We will continue to post various researched lists on BIV.com. The new table formats allow you to sort the data in specified columns as well as perform quick searches through the content of a table.
If you have feedback about the new BIV.com or are having issues with the site, please let us know by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.