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CHRIS GILMOUR: JSE sticks a plaster on user-unfriendly Sens
Amid seemingly insoluble gripes over layout, only short-form results now need to be published in text format through the normal channels
It has been a royal pain, reading and reworking Sens announcements ever since the JSE introduced this Stock Exchange News Service dissemination platform in 1997. The layout is cumbersome and awful to wade through, there are no headings or bold type, nor clear layout of various segments of a financial results announcement. A waterfall of narrative and numbers, it is impossible to copy and paste and rework in any Office format as the content breaks at random or wraps around. It is not surprising that the JSE has received many user complaints about how cumbersome it is and about the ad-hoc formatting errors that seem to pop up in the text announcements. Issuers have also been long-standing complainants, bemoaning just how complex and challenging it is to release results in both text and PDF format using the Sens system, and all the gremlins that creep in when converting to text. With everyone dissatisfied, it is surprising that the JSE has allowed this to persist for so long. Even mor...