Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Fiddling with colors

So - easier or harder to read? I got one complaint about readability, and Pooflingers recently changed templates for that reason, so I thought I'd try to make some improvements. I don't want to go to a different standard template, though. This will not be the end point, but I want to know if its a change in the right direction.

UPDATE: This post will be stickied to the top of my blog for awhile, for comments on ongoing template changes. First question: can anyone see my attempt to change the header font to Comic Sans MS? Should I be able to see using Internet Explorer if I did it correctly? How do I do it correctly?

UPDATE II: This post has been un-stuck. I may continue to tweak the appearance, but for anyone who would prefer black-and-white, I recommend Bloglines, a site that automatically checks your favorite blogs for updates and gives you no-frills, black-and-white versions of them. I signed up today just for the former feature. This post gets a permalink at the top of my sidebar.

Oh, and if you have further input on this subject, feel free to post it here.

8 comments:

IAMB said...

Much easier on the eyes, actually.

Hallq said...

Really? And I was about to change it back for aesthetic reasons... I may create a sticky for input on ongoing changes...

Radha said...

For me, it's the black background and Times font that's making your blog difficult to read... But I agree with iamb, the green-on-black is definitely better than orange-on-black :P What would be best of all would be black-on-white-or-other-light-color, with a font like MS Comic Sans (your header) or Verdana...

IAMB said...

I've also found that the Arial font seems to be one of the easier-on-the-eyes fonts. I do like the way the green stands out compared to the white. It really jumps off of the page at you (perhaps even a little too much, but still better than white).

I switched to dark lettering on light background mostly because I didn't want to take the time to find the perfect font color or style...

Hallq said...

Arial seems an improvement - thanks for the tip.

Catana said...

Black backgrounds are one of the main reasons why I use Bloglines. Unless the leader tempts me to read the whole article, I avoid anything that's hard on my eyes.

It's not an accident that most people were glad to see the last of monochrome monitors.

Hallq said...

What's bloglines?

Catana said...

What's Bloglines? I thought anyone who blogs regularly would know, but... It's an aggregator for blogs, news sites, etc. Subscribe to a blog and Bloglines will show it whenever it's updated. The only time I go to my subscribed sites now, is if their feed is summaries rather than full posts, and I want to read the whole thing. Some advantages are that you don't have to deal with horrible color choices :-) sidebars, etc. You also save time that would be spent clicking around your favorites to see whether they've updated.