The point of this post is to evaluate how different wordpress.com themes look. There is a startling lack of decent themes. Most use a tiny main font! It seems that everyone assumes Internet users sit really close to their monitors and have incredible eye-sight. For books and classic typography, small fonts make a good deal of sense. For digital screens, arguments about printing cost are suspect. Ease of access is the key element and a moderate size font is appropriate. For example, the wordpress editor uses the equivalent of an 8pt font on my screen. I can read 10 or 11pt at arms length, but 8pt? This diatribe is most likely long enough that it should suffice for a test of the themes.
I intend to use this blog for a few things. One is keeping track of idioms I always find myself typing. A common one is identifying the unique items in a list. Peter Bengtsson wrote a long article about this topic: Fastest way to uniqify a list in Python.
Python code to uniquify a list
function f9 from http://www.peterbe.com/plog/uniqifiers-benchmark
Another intention is writing about mathematics. Towards that end, I need latex. My favorite latex example is the simple definite integral . In a bad math font, the simple integral never looks correct. I also work with linear systems: .
I decided on the theme Quentin. It has a garrish brown color, but excellent typography. The serifed font is large enough to interact well with the latex. The fonts definitely clash between latex and the body text — such is the state of online text. Perhaps I’ll pay for custom CSS if I use the blog frequently.