So I tried to link to a Google news link a few days back interestingly (admittedly to a vanishingly small portion of the population) I attempted to link to what Google describes as "Full coverage." This is supposed to be all coverage on a particular story or topic.
This seems like something that should be a sort of medium of exchange, I'm looking to call your attention to a story, not a specific article.
Here is an example of one of those links:
Looks pretty straightforward, I'd assume that
de-Wf-w5lw6Qp3MaNf9vgglM7iu9M is some sort of Google Story identifier. Try going to that link above on a mobile device and you get an error (404 Not Found). That seems wrong...
Google News has a pretty modern view on mobile devices, with a similar curated experience. It appears to be different based on iPhone vs. iPad, but the same conceptual hierarchy of Stories -> Articles exists. As does the slightly differently labeled "See all 278 articles." The link to that on mobile however produces a mobile specific link that opens a new page rather than using whatever they are using for the single page application on mobile:
Following that link on either mobile or desktop web takes you to a throwback version of text only web, full coverage of the Story in question, but it's as close to unstyled a page as you are likely to see on the web in 2018.
The "Story ID" is there, and consistent, so this some sort of mobile/web application gap. That's all forgivable, and there is certainly some nicety around having a very low bandwidth fallback to text only. What seems like a lapse is that the desktop URL isn't routing to the mobile "Full Coverage" page, which should be very doable and would make it a lot easier to connect people with a wide range of opinions on a particular story. Ultimately it's concerning that Google the self proclaimed organizer of the world's information, can't be bothered to make all the edges work, and keep them working.
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