Below are two examples of using a personal style in a browser. They follow ‘before & after’ order.

Design Week’s new website has a very strong header, uselessly stuck to the top of your window, that disrupts viewing and reading and ‘blocks’ the content to have better impact. Also makes my head squint.

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Below an example after adjusting styles in the browser. The content stands out and can be easier focused on.

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Following similar example with a video post.

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Below a sticky header done right – gives access to related sections without disrupting content experience.

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Another example. Wikipedia’s outdated design makes long articles pain to read – font is too small, lines are too long.

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A small tweak – applying a custom style to body text (<p> element) makes it much easier to read.

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Below a popular browser stylesheet editor. Styles can be applied to the whole domain or a specific web address.

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Wikipedia customisation for better readibility


.mw-body p{
  line-height: 1.6em;
  font-family: Georgia;
  font-size:16px;
  max-width:40em;
}

Conclusion.

It is not that hard to customize your favourite websites to improve and personalise your web experience, but you need to know a little of  html and css. Not sure if there are tools for a wider audience.

 

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