An experiment

Probably the Ansible site would be more widely accessible if readers could change the size of the body type. I’ve made a first stab at this with an alternative version of Ansible 240 whose internal link menu (Go to: Next Previous …) includes the extra items Larger and — after enlargement — Smaller. Any comments?

Cookies must be enabled. The font size can’t be reduced below the usual 10 points but can be increased indefinitely — it looks a bit silly when it gets larger than the internal headings, but who am I to stand in the way of your artistic impulses? Other issues of Ansible are not affected, but will be if I go ahead with this.

Later: While I’m at it, there’s also a serif/sanserif font choice.

4 Responses to “An experiment”

  1. Works for me (after some initial glitches), but I find it somewhat pointless – it’s not like it was difficult to resize the font in-browser before, and I like / am used to the current simple but effective layout that I wouldn’t change it out of combination of laziness and conservatism.

    But of course who am I to tell you not to deploy such a nice new toy? So let me just say that I prefer the latter page’s mechanism of setting everything by JavaScript rather than linking a one-off PHP page; and I’d also like an option “return defaults” (delete the cookie?) for when one has experimented too much and forgotten what the original, best setting was.

    BTW, isn’t there a way to make the anti-spam plugin link straight to its page and not the author’s homepage, which is way too much full of advertising for my taste and – what’s worse – doesn’t contain any way to find the plugin?

  2. Thanks for the feedback. No problem adding a “restore default” option in the separate page — now done. Is the objection to the PHP links purely aesthetic? It seems simpler, and adds less extra baggage, than including Javascript in each of the hundreds of issues that need to be altered if I go ahead with this.

    I don’t think I can alter the anti-spam plugin, other than by removing it altogether. But my WordPress admin pages give this URL: <;.

  3. Yup, purely esthetic, I didn’t think of the extra baggage issue.

    From here, the link with anchor text “Hash-cash” (preceded by varying enthusiastic adjectives) always goes to elliottback dot-com, or its /wp/ Oh, and the “please add” is followed by an apostrophe.