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Bipolar (III) Inmate

From: mn
Insane since: May 2004

posted posted 06-13-2008 23:12

Do you have a favorite stylesheet that overrides webpage styles? I'm looking for default background colors, and fonts to make pages easier to read. My main problem is black text on white background.

I'm also looking for a good font, but the more I try to compare fonts I feel cross-eyed. I'm thinking one of: ( bitstream vera sans, lucida sans, consolas, georgia, verdana ) Know a better font?

[ This is for use with the 'stylish' firefox extension ]

Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Umeå, Sweden
Insane since: Sep 2004

posted posted 06-13-2008 23:42

I personally really like the new Vista fonts, Particularly, Consolas is perhaps the best monospace font I have ever seen. It's got true bold face instead of faked like Lucida Console. It's distinction between similar characters such as \1lI|i[]!íìîï/, 9g, 6b, 0oO etc. is very good (better than silkscreen, monaco, courier new), and it antialiases crystal clear on both LCD and CRT screens. Perfect for programming with.

Tahoma and Trebuchet are other fonts I'd be prepared to add to the same list, as well as the Mac fonts Lucida Grande and slightly worse Monaco. I'm still searching for a serif font that I really like. Particularly for long reads such as blogs and articles. The older I get, the more I appreciate serifs for long text runs. Don't know if that's my eyesight getting worse or just a preference on reading long texts easily instead of short texts.

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Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Florida
Insane since: Mar 2005

posted posted 06-14-2008 01:31

Maniac (V) Inmate

Insane since: May 2001

posted posted 06-14-2008 04:11

I have been using Opera 9.5 since it was posted here and it has a method of using a user created styles as well.

For colors, I dig this site. There was another site called SteelDolphin that I liked better but it looks like it's gone.

As for fonts, I'm pretty generic. I prefer sans-serif fonts but from what I understand, serif fonts are supposed to be easier to read. Not for me though. Good ol' Verdana looks best for me.



Bipolar (III) Inmate

From: mn
Insane since: May 2004

posted posted 06-14-2008 23:13

Thanks for the new font tips. If anyone needs the vista font package its at: fonts package

I'm still working on colors. Is there a way I can say something like: "if no style is defined, use this"? Or is there a better way to use my selectors? I want to modify the pages that are all white with black text, and not messing up the others.

@namespace url(;
,url-prefix(https://) {

/* colors: from: */

body {
background-color: #3F3F3F;
color: #C5C5AA;

* { background-color: #3F3F3F;
color: #C5C5AA;


Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Norway
Insane since: Jun 2002

posted posted 06-14-2008 23:49


Is there a way I can say something like: "if no style is defined, use this"?

This is the one of the tenets of Cascading Style Sheets. That styles cascade and supersed each other. User agents are supposed to include [customizable] default styling and allow the user to add his/her own CSS.

[rant] Unfortanetely it seems that few browsers do provide a way for the user to have several CSS to chose from when a page's style isn't easy on the eye. [/rant]

Your exact quote seem to be addressed by simply changing the default colors of your browser. This way if a web page does not define the background or text color, your defaults will remain. But expect this to look wacky on some pages.

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