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I think because so many of the people here are programmers, there will be some incentive to talk about the code, but the design is lovely.

It feels very easy to read. So much clutter has been taken away.

There’s nothing pulling at the edges of your attention and ruining the experience. I quite like it.

After seeing Gwern's website[0], I immediately knew what design I wanted for my personal site [1]. Tufte's CSS package is much heavier than these three rules, but it achieves the same result: Content designed to maximize readability by removing distracting elements and respecting known typography rules.

Because I write with an overly-large number of asides, I fell in love with the Tufte-styled side/margin notes. The resulting text is much easier to read, since I'm not littering the paragraphs with em-dashes and lengthy parentheticals.

I hope more people rebel against the Medium-looking websites with massive images and huge blocknotes in 30px fonts that may or may not just be a line from the next paragraph or an important point to keep in mind when reading the next paragraph.

#longformrebellion #endthelisticle

[0] https://www.gwern.net/About

[1] https://lawler.io

Lovely, but if you're making a big deal about quotes and pull-aways in your format, might I encourage you to use proper quotation marks — eg. “The” vs. "The"?

Thanks for pointing that out. I was under the impression that Pelican's Markdown parser automatically used typographic quotes vs straight quotes, but that's apparently not the case.

Edit: Ah, it's an extension to Python-Markdown that is not enabled by default: https://python-markdown.github.io/extensions/smarty/

Ah, much more developed than I — I maintain a site that has a font similar to yours and I need to manually amend each and every typographic conceit. Not smart!

No worries! There's always room for improvement. Though my site now automatically swaps in [0] the correct typographic quotes (thanks again!), I still have to manually add <section>s and the HTML for the sidenotes, instead of using some kind of Markdown conceit that gets automatically translated when the site is compiled. :)

[0] https://github.com/Eiriksmal/lawler-dot-io/commit/593d3471e6...

Your website is wonderful, I encourage you to share it more! I did some extensive preliminary research looking around at personal sites posted to HN and other places, and am now surprised I hadn't yet stumbled upon yours until now.

Bonus points for looking sharp when I have JavaScript disabled.


Thank you! Before making this I visited a bunch of personal sites / blogs that had been posted here, and surprisingly very few of them were similar in this regard. I may post about the websites that gave me inspiration in the future. (You may like https://legiblenews.com)

It looks like LegibleNews stopped updating back in January. What a pity, I really liked the concept.

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