Cleolinda Jones (cleolinda) wrote,
Cleolinda Jones

Regarding the LJ layout

Okay. I have had a couple of requests to make the layout here more accessible to the visually impaired, which is completely reasonable. Namely, the comment-input area, which is usually purple text on a purple background. Please understand that there was never a moment in my life where I said, "You know what would be really readable? Purple on purple." But the way the Component theme is set up, certain... uh... components are bundled together. If you choose a color for one element, other elements automatically take on that color as well. So in choosing the overall layout, I ended up with those colors for the comments. I wasn't particularly thrilled with it, but since I have fairly good vision and didn't know any better, my thought was, "Eh, what're you gonna do," than "Wait, people actually cannot see this." 

But I can't change those separately from the rest of the layout on the simple version of the customization page. So when I change it to something legible, we end up with half the entire journal in white. Which is what you're looking at now.

Now, my understanding is that if you delve into the CSS, you can customize it more specifically. When we have time to deal with that, we will; foresthouse has done some website design and can hash it out for me. Maybe she can magic some bold font in there for me as well. Tonight, I just want to make sure that people can see to make comments for the Oscar liveblogs. 

I love my purple, but honestly, if people can't read it, I may just redo the layout to something entirely different. Which is not something I have been particularly itching to do or looking for an excuse to change up--I'm a creature of habit. I don't like change much. But... people can't read it. I have to do something. My point in bringing this up is not to be all Look what a noble martyr I am; it's to say that things may stay kind of ugly and half-finished around here until I can hash out something that suits me. When you've had a layout long enough, you start to think of it as your face, I guess--kind of the way it's hard to get new glasses, because it's like changing your nose or something. And I also kind of dread the inevitable, well-meant comments of, "Well, the purple's kind of crappy anyway, I've never liked it, so changing it will be great!" Yeah, but it was my purple. It was who I was as a blogger. But part of blogging is people being able to read it, so... [insert Deal With It macros here], and what-all.

ETA: I have now also disabled custom commenting pages. Does that make a legibility difference?

ETA: I'm trying a different layout altogether for the moment--hang on while I reenable custom commenting just so I can see what it even looks like.

ETA: Okay, I think I have settled on November Day (Minimalism) as the theme I like (you should be looking at it now). In fact, but for my missing background, I think I like it better than Component. (The calendar is particularly jaunty.) Problem: It has no options to change the colors.

I really like this shade of blue. I actually wear it a good bit in real life. But... I can't teal. I purple. I've been purpling for nearly eight years now. It's what I do. But until we can figure out a way around this, I'm keeping November Day up with custom commenting enabled (not the default blue/white LJ style). However, if you are reading this through your LJ account, you can view everything in your own style as well.

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