milk wrote:that first screenshot make me think font rendering isn't correctly configured there.
"Too many people think that "modern" (in other words: different) is automatically better. ... Too many coders want to change things for change's sake"
i wonder why you would say that? as it's not case in this instance. to say that is to ignore the valid qualitative example immediately prior raised regarding trying to hit the "jump me to the first post in the thread i haven't seen" on mobile. or, from here, it appears maybe you don't believe that people on mobile have UX problems with the existing situation? or that it it's not important? which would essentially be disregarding of the viewpoint of those who have different experiences to you.
"I doubt that playing around with fonts and large spaces reaches this goal"
as was mentioned way back, a theme with a lot of whitespace is /easily/ correctable. it's just a bit of CSS.
"Isn't it an attitude, too, when people want to change things without thinking it over if they will increase usability or at least look better after the changes?"
by the way you describe the situation, it comes across as an attitude of seeing things as black and white. naturally, engineering is about compromises, but i think there is truly a way to accommodate and address all the concerns raised.
The font rendering on my machines is ok. Maybe MacOS does better than Linux but there are huge differences regarding the clearness of different fonts. Arial or Bitstream Vera are great, many webfonts look only good in huge sizes.
We should distinguish between progress and change. Progress offers, change forces. Examples:
- CSS and User-CSS: progress
- Ugly "modern" websites with ridiculously big fonts and spaces (death by scrolling): change
I need progress (User-CSS) to fix the change (big fonts, big spaces, annoying pictures for pictures sake)
- VoIP as a technology, WiFi, Asterisk: progress
- VoIP as replacement for ISDN: change
- Having VoIP inhouse and via WiFi to my wife's shop in the neighbourhood allows me more flexible telephone calls at very low costs. What a cool progress.
- German Telekom recalling ISDN and forcing me to use VoIP on the incoming/outgoing line leaves people in my 3000 souls town without an emergency call at blackouts. Yes, even the mobile phone doesn't work at blackouts. Some call it progress but it's a change.
I need another progress (affordable UPS) to be able to do an emergency call, at least for about the 1st hour during the blackout (battery capacity).
What offers additional freedom/choices or makes something objectively better (e.g. faster internet at the same cost) is progress. What takes away something that I liked is change.
Don't mess them up. This has nothing to do with black/white thinking.