In Palm Springs, video captures gay weddings

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The Salinas Californian is just one of four Gannett newspapers in California featuring one of the nation’s biggest social and political stories of the year: Legal same-sex marriage, with the first weddings starting this week. For example, The Desert Sun in Palm Springs, a city with a large and growing gay population, published video and photo galleries that a reader says allowed faraway family and friends to watch the events “live” on the Web. Here’s one:

The Sun‘s video features something I haven’t seen in other Gannett videos: A crawling headline “zipper” along the bottom, like those on CNN and other cable news channels. On the downside, this is one of those video players that, once embedded on a blog or other webpage, auto-starts when the page is loaded. We. Hate. That. So. Much.

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2 Responses to “In Palm Springs, video captures gay weddings”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Everybody hates auto-starting video players, except ad execs who sell ads based on phony “views” of the video. I can hear it now: “We served up your ad 100,000 times!”

    Of course, you also chased away 10,000 readers forever, but hey, nobody will trace it back to you!

    The common way to defeat this nonsense is to put the video behind a “Read more” link in your post. I’ve seen it done that way elsewhere.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    sounds correct, except when it’s embedded in a page that is JUST FOR VIDEO!!

    mydesert.com/live

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