The styles improve the legibility of the page by:
- replacing Verdana with Lucida Grande on Mac OS X and with Segoe UI on Windows, and tweaking the font size; the new fonts are narrower than Verdana and easier to read
- giving everything more room to breathe
- removing the container color so there's no longer a border to the left of the list of submitted articles
- reduces the contrast of each item's number and increases the contrast of links so the page becomes easier to scan
See screenshot.png for a preview of how it looks in Google Chrome.
Tested in Google Chrome v16 on Mac OS X.
To apply the styles in Google Chrome, install the Stylebot extension (https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/oiaejidbmkiecgbjeifoejpgmdaleoha), head to Hacker News, click the Stylebot button in the address bar (the one that says "css"), click Edit Css at the bottom, and then paste the contents of cleaner-hn.css.
There's also a branch available so you can get it working with Stylish in Firefox: https://github.com/Primigenus/Cleaner-Hacker-News/tree/Firefox-Stylish-port
(thanks to jQueryisAwesome on HN)
Also available via Stylebot.me: http://stylebot.me/styles/1107
January 11, 2012 github.com/primigenus