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      under review  ·  79 comments  ·  General  ·  Admin →
      A long-time Bloglines user commented  · 

      My Bloglines account has suddenly started turned into NetVibes, and while I like most of the changes, the font size is way, way too small.

      Looking back at the complaints on this thread, it's absolutely astounding that this has gone unfixed for so long, particularly since the fix is so simple. I was able to increase the font size locally on Chrome by simply opening the Chrome debugger and changing the CSS body font size from 1.1em to 1.5em. Even if you count the UI changes needed to expose this to the user, any developer who has any web experience could knock this change out in a couple of hours; why NetVibes hasn't bothered to fix this despite years of complaints smacks of either arrogance, laziness, or both.

      For those of you who are willing take a few seconds at the start of each session, you can change the font size yourself by doing the following:

      1. Open NetVibes using Chrome.
      2. Once in NetVibes, right click on any entry in your feed list and select "Inspect element". This will open the Chrome debugger pane at the bottom of the page.
      3. On the right side of the debugger pane, the "Styles" tab should be selected. Scroll down to near the bottom of this pane, where you'll see an entry labeled like this:

      body {
      font: 1.1em/1.3em Tahoma,Arial,Verdana,Helvetica,"Bitstream Vera Sans",sans-serif;
      }

      4. Change "1.1em" to whatever font size works for you -- I use "1.6em".
      5. Close the debugger pane by clicking on the "X" in the upper right corner of the debugger pane.

      This simple change makes NetVibes useable. If you aren't a developer, have no fear, this change is NOT permanent -- this affects only the NetVibes tab in your browser window, and it only lasts until the next time you click on the browser's refresh button, so there's no way you can permanently break anything by doing this. (Note that hitting the Refresh icon on the NetVibes screen itself does NOT do a full refresh, so if you don't want to keep resetting the font while you're viewing your feeds, that's the way to go.)

      The Stylish Chrome plugin mentioned in an earlier post probably does pretty much the same thing and would make it a semi-permanent change, but I'm leery of adding plugins, particularly since if you go to install this plugin you get a warning that says it can "access your data on all websites". No thanks.

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