Happy holidays all! As the year rolls to a close I wanted to take a moment to let you know of some improvements that I've done over the year to try and make the reading experience as best as it can be.
Over the years I have gotten reports that my site is hard to read. I've been taking them seriously but I have never really been sure what to do about them. I think I have found the core of the problem and I have changed the site's contrast ratio to hopefully have more contrast between the text of the website and the background.
Here are some comparisons to before and after the change:
Hopefully this should improve the contrast ratio a lot more. I've always wanted this website to look a lot like my emacs config, but these changes should hopefully reach a balance of readability and stylistic choices to get across the vision I have for my website.
[This is a test <a href="https://zombo.com">with a link</a>.](conversation://Mara/hacker)
This has become an unworkable mess. With the html component I made recently, I can instead write things that look like this:
<xeblog-conv name="Mara" mood="hacker"> This is a test [with a link](https://zombo.com). </xeblog-conv>
This also breaks people reading the RSS feed, but it's already been pretty darn broken already. Worst case this makes people a bit confused with the RSS feed, but until I can find a good workaround I think I can tolerate this weirdness.
I am not good with CSS.
You may have noticed that code syntax highlighting has a notably different color scheme to it compared to the rest of the blog as of late. This is not on accident. I used to use Prism to do this on the client side. This worked great, but Prism is a huge (near 1 MB) download. I really want to avoid wasting bandwidth, so I added this at the markdown rendering step with syntect. The theme I use (base16-mocha) is not perfectly aligned with my editor, but this is as close as I can get with their default themes until I have the energy to port gruvbox into this.
Hopefully this should work in the RSS feed too.
Have a good rest of the year and stay safe! I'm gonna try and take a load off over the holidays, so I may end up posting less frequently. 2021 has been a lot.
This article was posted on M12 19 2021. Facts and circumstances may have changed since publication. Please contact me before jumping to conclusions if something seems wrong or unclear.
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