About this site's layout — tips for readers

One of the handy things about publishing a blog using WordPress is that the software makes it very easy to change the look of the site with just a few clicks of my mouse. By using “themes” that web developers freely publish, I can pick a pre-made set of artistic choices (generally more tasteful / visually appealing than what I could come up with on my own) in a shot — and with a bit of tweaking, I can easily customize a given theme to “fit” this site.

If you’ve got a blog of your own, this is probably old news to you. What you may not have noticed, though, is that I’ve set this site up with a number of themes that YOU can choose from. I actually made this change a few months ago, but didn’t want to make any noise about it, since I hadn’t had time to fully test things out. But at this point, everything seems pretty solid, so be my guest — check it out!

All you have to do is scroll down this page, and over in the sidebar you’ll see something labeled “Display theme;” below that is a list of ten themes for you to choose from. The default is “Accidental Greyscale,” but of course, you’re free to pick whichever one you like best. Your choice will be stored in a browser “cookie” on the computer you’re using, so it’ll define what the site looks like whenever you access it from the same computer using the same browser. All the themes use a minimum of graphics in an attempt to make the material easier to find and read. Hopefully by giving you a good selection of themes, I can accommodate a reasonable range of artistic preferences / monitor resolutions / visual acuities.

As far as I can tell, all the themes work well with all browsers (at least, the ones I currently have access to). Please drop me a line if you have any problems with this…

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