Thursday, September 09, 2004

An easy question for once

Today I accessed this site from a university computer, and it looked completely different. To be specific, I'm used to Not Right About Anything being black with white text and a larger light-green font for headings. But on this computer, the site was white with black text, and the headers were small with bold black lettering, almost like the standard text. The site it most closely resembled was Zac Attack. Does anyone else out there see it that way? And what causes such a metamorphosis?

8 comments:

Michael J Gallimore said...

Ian, the usual explanation is that different browsers and/or operating systems interpret HTML tags differently. If you checked your site from Louisiana.edu you were probabbly using

Operating System:SunOS UNIX
Browser :Mozilla 1.6
Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; SunOS sun4u; en-US; rv:1.6) Gecko/20040126

Is this different from the machine you normally use?

Your site looks as you expect it to from all my PCs.

Ian McGibboney said...

Whoa Michael,

That's exactly what we have there! But get this...the odd site was on a Windows PC, and the only one of many in the library lab that has ever interpreted the tags any differently. The Sun computers with the Mozilla browser show it normally. Even if I wasn't dehydrated with a dull headache, that would confuse me.

Michael said...

It is possible to set a preferred color scheme on a browser and have it override the settings on a website. It's often done for accessibility issues. (People with visual disabilities have difficulty in reading light-colored text on a dark-colored background.) I surf with Mozilla Firefox 0.8 on Windows XP on Dell boxes (a laptop at home and a Dimension series at the office), and your site always looks exactly as you described it.

oyster said...

White text on a black background is a stupid look.

Zachary said...

Your site is exactly as described: white text on a black background. When I access my site from the county library, my font is boxier and less chic. That bothers me, but I can deal.

And thanks for the plug.

Michael J Gallimore said...

I was leaning towards the High Contrast setting on the odd PC, but a quick experiment here failed to change the backgound or text of your site -- only the standard windows elements were affected.

Try this: don't use that odd PC anymore.

Lisa said...

White on black for me.

You know, while I was at USL...excuse me...ULL, I was under constant attack by the server gremlins. They grew them in the basement of the biology lab, don't you know. I bet they were the source of the weirdness to the appearance of your blog. They are the source of all weirdness.

Including Bush.

I usually got rid of them with a match, some gasoline, and a bat with a nail in it. Try that.

Incidentally, thanks for the link!

Anonymous said...

Hey, try this:

Click on Tools
Click on Internet Options
Click on Accessability
Check the box that says "Ignore Colors Specified On Web Pages"
Ok, Ok, Ok...

Look about how it looked on the other computer?

Loved your post yesterday! I tried to comment but Blogger was being a pain.

-Ashley