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January 18, 2004

Library-Flavored Blogroll added to FRL

I just added a blogroll featuring the library-related sites I subscribe to via RSS. That's the good news. (Or it's the good news if you remotely care what I read.)

The bad news is this addition to the meandering left column of FRL makes it even more painfully clear that I need to redesign this blog, which needs a three-column format and could use a little color, but it won't happen until February. I'm toying with taking online classes in XHTML and CSS this spring. It's either that, or give it up and go to Typepad. But that's a metaphor for my world right now, anyway. Many of us are in a similar balancing act, torn between traditional and new librarianship.

Ah, back in the day, when information came in two colors (black and white) and fairly limited shapes and sizes. From a cup of joe to a half-caff low-fat caramel macchiato with extra foam...

Posted by kgs at January 18, 2004 11:39 AM

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Hi Karen-

You know, black and white is not all bad. The symplicity of the look with the choice of typeface adds a great deal to the site.

On a readability issue, that is from a disabilities standpoint, black letters on a white background is the most generally preferred pattern.

While I have not stood next to jet engines repeatedly, I find that my vision is not what it was. I need bright light. If the paper is glossy, I often take off my glasses to be able to focus. So, from my perspective, the type is good....and if you feel you must go to three columns, fine, but I think the current look is clean, clear, uncluttered, readable, dare I say "elegant" in its design.


P.S. I like the content, too!

Posted by: Michael A. Golrick at January 21, 2004 01:16 PM