Stylesheet Update

May 28th, 2007 by Potato

I’ve been screwing around with my stylesheet again — a few people have recently been criticizing the white-on-black. Personally, I like it, I think it’s classy, and find it pretty easy to read (all my presentations are done in white-on-black powerpoint as well). Plus, it’s sort of been the site’s motif for over 5 years now. But, if it’s giving other people eyestrain then I better change it, especially since I can wax loquacious on occasion (and I don’t want people to stop reading the really long ones due to a colour scheme!). It’s not perfect yet, but it’s close to how I think the new look will be.

I’m thinking I’m going to keep the dark-ish post headers with the grey bar as is, but let me know what you think. I’m definitely going to tweak the dark stripes to the sides (that’s actually a background image), but first I’ve got to find a replacement image I’m happy with.

Edit: just to note, you have to hit reload (possibly twice) to download the new stylesheet if the page looks the same. The white bar above the black page header is somewhat unfortunate, I’m not sure how to fix that yet.

Oh, and since I’m on the topic of stylesheets and powerpoint (sort of), I have to mention that I find it strange how the default font packages are so different amongst MS products. News Gothic MT became one of my favourite fonts, and was set as the default on my old computer for all Word documents (and also this site if you have it; otherwise it probably looks like Century Gothic or Schoolbook Gothic, or whatever falls next in line for your web browser, likely Helvetica or Times New Roman). Yet it hasn’t been included in Windows 2000 or XP, or any of the Office versions since 2000. Likewise, there’s a Franklin Gothic font I have on my work system that I use sometimes for presentations and forms/CVs/other miscellaneous Word documents that aren’t left as Times New Roman, but it’s not on any of my home systems (instead, they have a “Franklin Gothic Medium” that looks quite a bit different). I also remember using Arial a fair bit in middle school and high school a bit, and thought that it had spacing that was similar to Times New Roman (though I also had better eyes and used to use 10 or 11 point fonts by default), but now see quite clearly that Arial is a fair bit bigger (and that can make quite a difference when you have limited space for an application). Also, the Mac default font (Helvetica) isn’t even an option under most Windows packages. And while there are a number of plain, boldish, strange, and script fonts to choose from, there aren’t really any good “title” fonts in the MS library to go with. Nobody using Word could print off a small newsletter with a fancy, embellished title (such as that many newspapers have) without going out to download a font.

3 Responses to “Stylesheet Update”

  1. netbug Says:

    Black on White much better.

    thanky.

  2. Rez Says:

    From a usability point of view, dark text on a light background is the easiest to read. However, if you prefer the dark background (it IS your site, afterall, and the good and evil potato pics are on black backgrounds) then I suggest you use grey text (you may notice your grey links to the right, while actually smaller than the body text, are easier on the eyes). Also, Gothic fonts are really great as headings and in logos due to their fun, rounded style, but are not as easy to read as a good, solid Arial/Helvetica (if you want to stick with a sans-serif font).

    That said, I have no trouble reading it, but I sometimes even use Opera to read it for me. :)

  3. Rez Says:

    What they hey? The background just went white on me…guess I didn’t hit refresh enough times before posting my previous comment.

    Now it’s much easier to read. :)