So you have come to the best page in the universe and start to read the latest rumblings of its owner when you start to realize that the color scheme is not that pleasing to your eyes. While you could not install an extension like Tranquility, Readable or Evernote Clearly to turn individual pages of the website into a more readable format, you could alternatively try the Colorific extension for Firefox for that.
Colorific adds a toolbar button to the Firefox address bar that applies selected effects to the active page. It supports three types of effects currently that you can iterate between when you click the extension's toolbar button.
You make your selection with a click on the down arrow next to the button. Here you see all the available filters and options. The first three relate directly to the three groups of effects that you can apply to a web page, the fourth group to general settings that apply to all effect types.
The fourth group defines to which page elements the changes are applied to. By default, that's foreground and background styles as well as background images. You can add foreground images to that but will notice that the processing can slow down the browser. But even without, it can happen that the browser freezes for a moment before the changes are applied.
I had best results when I disabled the processing of background and foreground images
It may take some playing around to get the right color scheme for the website you are on. The only drawback for now is the lack of a saving option. When you leave the page, all changes are gone. The author made the promise in a comment on the add-ons' profile page on Mozilla that a saving option would be integrated in the next months.
For now, it is a nice extension that you can maybe use before you print or when you encounter larger articles that are harder to read. With the save option, it could become a valuable asset, especially if additional customization options are added by the author.
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