Don’t forget that body background color

Modifying the look of the GUI in Linux is one of the reasons it’s more fun than Windows, but it’s not very difficult to do in Windows too, using various tools that “crack” it open. A more softcore approach is Desktop -> Properties -> Appearance -> Advanced.

Anyway I’ve noticed something when modding looks in both Windows and Linux. Some modifications will change the default background color in the browser to something else than white. Currently I’m using Reuben in Linux which is doing just that.

It’s amazing how many sites rely on the default-is-white assumption. Both big and small:

Gmail

Oops. It’s obviously very hard to add #fff somewhere in the CSS.

Google Reader

The guy who styled the reader wasn’t as lazy/forgetful. Much better! :)

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