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February 9th, 2007 at 5:00am — Rating: Firefox pointFirefox pointFirefox pointFirefox pointFirefox pointLink

Stylish is an extension that allows your inner designer to take over and create a different web site based on a style sheet. You could even look at this extension as an...well, extension of the CSS zen garden. Without turning this Fireday into a CSS explanation, CSS is meant to change the presentation of a web site without altering the content. The Zen Garden shows the full extent of this technology, which by the way, rocks! You could apply a holiday theme to your entire web site with just one CSS file. How cool is that?

Getting back to the extension, if an author is too lazy and doesn't provide a style sheet for their web site, why don't you create one using Stylish?

Stylish allows you to create a Cascading Style Sheet and easily apply it to a web site. The next time you visit that web site, Stylish will apply the style sheet automatically.

After installing the extension, an icon will appear in the status bar in the form of a page with a paintbrush. Left-clicking on the icon will display a context menu with the following options: Manage Styles, Write Styles, Find Styles for this Page, and Global Styles.

Manage Styles displays a dialog box with a list of styles that can be applied to the page. If you are just starting out, your list will be blank. If you want to create one, click on the "Write..." button and type in your description and the CSS style. The style will be applied immediately. There is a "Find Updates..." button available to see if anyone else has created other stylesheets for other sites.

Write Style allows you to create styles for just this URL, the current domain with or without a www, or create a Blank Style sheet.

Find Styles for this Page incorporates the same functionality as the Find Updates button on the Manage Styles dialog box.

Global Styles are applied to every page you view in Firefox, regardless of domain.

Stylish is a good extension for individuals who want to break out and view the web by their own perspective instead of the author's view.

Stylish receives a 5 out of 5 for stability and for providing a good quality extension.