I just stripped the semantically redundant parts out of this blog (As I write this, I hear Statler and Waldorf guffaw "Well, that didn't work. He's still posting!").
- Article border
White space and the next article's combination of header name and permalink already
- Background image
While it detracted from the primary content, it did serve to balance the
images I drop into posts. Which implies that I just need to decide on a format for blog pictures
and automate that with an imagemagick script.
- Reduced width and color weight of horizontal rules
Useful for delineating comments, they just don't
need much prominence, as comments have enough whitespace and semantic difference already. However, at times
a reassuring divide can quickly resolve ambiguity (especially when you use lynx). Less used => less emphasis.
- Color weight rationalization
We have titles, unvisited links, visited links, article, and comments:
titles and unvisited links indicate the new and should have color prominence; the article should follow next;
while comments and visited links also need visibility.
I find it useful to periodically go through something and rip out everything that doesn't look necessary
and see whether it still works or not. More Statler and Waldorf? ;)