NYT redesigns @Times AOL site

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The New York Times has finally redesigned @times, its America Online presence. The service has expanded its search capabilities and now includes two-year archives with searchable databases for arts and entertainment and one-year archives for Times coverage of science and technology as well as classifieds.

The changes are in response to AOL subscriber demands, said Elliott Rebhun, editor of @Times. At its June 1994 launch, the service provided users with about one-third of the newspaper's coverage - mainly in arts and entertainment. Now it gives them about 90%, he said.

Current news is available for two days, rather than one as in the past, because West Coast users complained. News isn't archived, however.

``We felt that in areas like the Science Times [section] and for computers and technology, those were the places we should put time into developing [archives],'' Mr. Rebhun said. ``While the Times may not move as quickly as some other publishers around, we do listen to our readers.''

The Times is expected to launch its World Wide Web site, under the direction of interactive veteran Martin Nisenholtz, early next year.

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