CBC News has today announced the launch of its new CBC Lite low-bandwidth website, offering text-based content in an accessible, low-data usage format. The website offers trending and standard CBC stories as text and offers embedded links to discover additional content.
With a minimalist design approach, and enabling pages to be downloaded on dial-up in seconds rather than minutes, the publication hopes its CBC Lite initiative will “start bridging the gap towards a great CBC experience for everyone.”
CBC Lite’s server-side rendering allows it to do the heavy lifting on remote servers, rather than the user’s computer, and then sends the user’s browser a few lightweight, easy to process files.
“CBC Lite is the direct result of our commitment to innovation.
Instead of receiving megabytes of information, the user’s computer only needs to receive a few kilobytes. No more RAM hogging and no more tab hanging. This has allowed us to reduce load times from minutes on slower connections to mere seconds.”
You can access the new CBC Lite website at cbc.ca/lite.