The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

5 April 2008

Meet the new look, same as the old look

Being considered for the Occasionally Asked Questions file: "How come this site looks exactly the same, year after year?"

The answer would be something like this:

[M]y favorite layout and color scheme ever and he's had the good sense to keep it for something like six or seven years.

Close enough. This particular template, slightly modified over the years, was implemented in August 2002. One reason I haven't jumped on the Movable Type 4 bandwagon is its lack of support for the pop-up comment box, which I prefer to the new-and-unimproved method of dropping you directly onto the individual archive page. The color scheme was originally sort of a lark: I resisted traditional black-on-white, which in some variations causes me eyestrain, and after twiddling with literally dozens of color schemes from various suggested palettes, I decided to select from the blandest possible colors that had names assigned by Netscape. (You remember Netscape, don't you?) The background color is something called "floralwhite." The 2000-2002 pre-MT pages were done in a shade called "antiquewhite." (Before 2000, there was neither rhyme nor reason nor any consistent design around here.)

I did, for a brief period, swap the left and right columns, but that didn't last.

Posted at 10:10 AM to Blogorrhea

I resisted traditional black-on-white, which in some variations causes me eyestrain </cite>

Need I be concerned for your sight at my site?

Posted by: McGehee at 1:11 PM on 5 April 2008

Probably not. For one thing, you're using a serif font, which seems kinder to these particular peepers for some reason; for another, you've got serious space between lines, instead of the old single-space standard that now seems to be going out of style(sheets). I have a little more trouble with your blockquotes, but only a little.

Posted by: CGHill at 2:35 PM on 5 April 2008

I found (empirically, and it only applies to me) on screen the best background color is Gray #8; all other colors are legible on it. But that only true for drawing in CAD and other graphic programs.
Your particular combination seems, literally, easy on the eyes.

Don't fix what's not broken.

Posted by: Tatyana at 6:27 PM on 5 April 2008

you've got serious space between lines

One of the first things I tweaked when I learned what little I know how to do with CSS. I don't like those crowded single-space lines either.

Posted by: McGehee at 11:44 PM on 5 April 2008