Current Neocities Style (Medieval)
This style was heavily inspired by Medieval illuminated manuscripts, particularly Caroline (as in, from the time of Charlemagne). I took a course on Medieval Western European History because there were free seats available and I needed to register in courses. I was hugely inspired by it!!! My favourite lectures were on heresy, handwriting, and magic. The handwriting really kicked off this design for me. I really liked the look of Caroline script, the script that Charlemagne imposed on his empire so as to unify handwriting techniques. Before this, every monastery basically did what they wanted in-house. Fun fact! Charlemagne never learned how to read. Instead, he got a lot of scholars to unify the writing. I'm not gonna cite any sources because this was from a lecture, and I'm going off memory here.
Anyway! This stylesheet makes heavy use of typefaces for its style. If you're not seeing the right fonts, please download them! My friend Kan (not on Neocities) says that without these fonts, the site has negative 50 visual flair.
- The main body font is Pfeffer Mediaeval, and it is allowed to be used "freely for non commercial purposes" (License). There are various other websites to which it is uploaded, and all agree that the license is free for non-commercial use.
- The drop-caps font is Feinsliebchen Baroque, which is licensed, and this is a direct quote, "Public Domain -- 'Freely ye have received, freely give.' Matthew 10:8"
- The part of the
H1where it says "E-Wizard" is Cantique, by Sébastien Hayez and Ariel Martín Pérez of VTF (Velvetyne Fr), and is licensed under the SIL Open Font License, meaning it's free, libre, and open source.
- I figured out how to use drop-caps (the fancy start to each main
H2) from Pleurodelinae.
- The cool Earth dividers are from Gifcities, found on Jeff & Carmela's Home on the Net. I used an online converter to make the PNGs for the reduced motion version.
Previous Neocities Style (Untitled)
This style was characterized by experiments with border images, and the rest of it bloomed out from there. Every item in the sidebars had a cool golden frame drawn around it, and there used to be opalescent backgrounds but that element was scrapped because webkit on iOS can't support the kind of background-image-blend I've been doing, but doesn't report that to the @supports query, for some reason. This style was unique in that it had multiple colour schemes, set by default for each browser, and toggle-able using the Settings menu under the Table of Contents. I also had two Gothic columns flanking the "main" element.
- The "Skip to Main" links throughout the site were made with help from CSS Tricks
- The cool rainbow effect on the header (at least in August 2022) is from Box Shadow Examples
- I don't know where the frames bordering the side sections are from, but I got them at maya.land
- I got the columns from a thumbnail from Shutterstock, and sliced them up and edited them to make them look crunchy
- Neocities button on the index is from Neonaut
- WAVE accessibility button is from Sealed on Neocities
- Cool wizard image is from Rasputin4056 on Geocities in 2009. Thank you Internet Archive!