A fix for low contrast sites in Safari

Many websites still provide low contrast for text, even though it can make it difficult to read. One solution in Safari is by creating a CSS file that the browser can use in addition to the designer’s and then specify in Safari’s preferences.

  1. Create a blank file. This is best done in a plain text editor, such as BBEdit or TextWrangler. If using another program make sure the file is saved in plain text.
  2. Type the following line in the file to provide black text on a white background.
    p, ul, ol, li { background-color: #fff; color: #000; !important; }
  3. Save the file on your computer in plain text format with a name such as “override.css”.
  4. Within the “Advanced” pane of Safari’s preferences select the option “Style Sheet” and then “Other…” from the menu to locate your file.
  5. Choose “None Selected” to remove the changes at any time.

Note the stylesheet won’t change all of the text, but should affect the main content. If you know some basic CSS you can adjust it to work best for you and use when needed.

For web designers

If you are a web designer, please consider your visitors and remember that there are factors beyond just making your website look nice. Even if high profile companies like Apple have this issue doesn’t mean it should be followed.

Recently I changed the theme for this blog with the above in mind. A new theme also provided for a current and responsive theme suitable for mobile devices.

Apple releases Safari 5

In addition to the big news of iPhone 4 and iOS 4 Apple also released a new version of Safari. Added to Safari are some of the new HTML5 elements and improved performance. Another addition is an official extensions capability to Safari. One of the most interesting features that has been added to Safari is what Apple calls “Safari Reader”. When Safari finds an article in a webpage and you select “Reader” from the menu Safari will pull the main content into a window, without adds and other items that may distract from reading. This is similar to when sites create a simpler “print” view.

To see some of the HTML5 capabilities in action check the  HTML5 web pages Apple posted last week.

Windows PCs in the Ministry Book Review

Author: Steve Hewitt

Review by David Voth

Windows PCs in the Ministry is one of two books that I recently bought and read from the new Nelson’s Tech Guides series. The other book I read was Macs in the Ministry.

The book begins with a chapter with presenting the connection between using technology and ministry for discipleship, evangelism, fellowship, worship and service. The rest of the book looks at topics such as worship presentation software, websites and social media, Bible software and making use of audio and video podcasts for ministry.

The book is presented in a way that emphasizes the fact that we are living in a “personal communication age” as Steve Hewitt calls it. He also encourages the use of technology for evangelism, such as creating websites that will be inviting to people.

The book has a lot of information regarding the internet and social media and so this will be useful to people whether you have a PC or a Mac. Information and discussion regarding tools, such as using Facebook and MySpace in a safe manner are presented. There is also an extensive chapter on websites for churches, some of the purposes you might use it for and services available for creating them, both programs for churches as well as a couple free content management system options.

The book is challenging in its approach to churches that they be aware and make use of the new means of communication that people have available to them. Though sometimes I think he overemphasizes the importance of technology and its role in the church as a solution to problems.

This book will be of interest to church leaders that are needing to find out more information about what some of the possibilities are available with today’s technology and for Christians with technical skills and how they can make use of them.