I did an experiment over the weekend, adding a command to Scripting News that turned off background images. I tried it, and immediately wanted to keep them off. The text is much easier to read. And that matters a lot. I wanted to get some experience with images in the background, and I did get that experience. It'll show up again in another context. And you can still have the images now, if you want them. So that's good. Nothing went away, the defaults changed.
Scripting News is the demo.
Add #streamVersion "1" in your cmsPrefs.opml file. You should get the same behavior as before v1.59.
If you want the new version, you shouldn't have to do a thing.
Here's a list of technical changes that were made. If you don't care you can skip this part.
We don't generate the .divStreamTopSpacer element.
Copied fonts into fargo.io/code. Faster loading, not relying on Google servers, avoid possible breakage issue.
Section heads are bold, Ubuntu.
Increase density of foreground text. It's opacity goes from .9 to .98. Also background color changes from white to whitesmoke. Border color goes a little darker to gainsboro.
divStreamDay needs styles for background image
added these styles:
divStreamDayImage goes away
in first version, if there was a backgroundImage att on the day, we'd generate a divStreamDayImage element with the background image as its background.
in the new version, we don't do this. the backgroundImage data is on the day div, and we can add the image at render-time