OGF in Dark Mode & More

Posted by CharlieG on 3 July 2020 in English (English).

Hi everyone, I don’t know if you’ve seen Luciano’s great diary entry about his exposition in Ohunkagan, an evolving/historic city in Makaska, FSA, but I mentioned in the comments that I’ve figured out how to edit the way OGF looks to represent a Dark Mode. here’s the image of Ohunkagan using this dark mode. It’s a very wild idea as it acts like a new layer (like histor’s but dark) but it’s easy to set up and try on your own computer.

Before I tell you how to do this, here are some examples of what I mean by Dark Mode. Dark Mode is a reference to the way OGF and other sites look when the normal white background of websites are turned to black. A lot of the time, this can help at night when we don’t want to look at bright screens, or with people who see white text better than black text. I say white text because, to accommodate the black background, everything else is either color-flipped or altered to look lighter and create better contrast. I’ve talked to OGF members and other friends about whether if this is helpful or disgusting to look at–most say disgusting–but I think it’s an interesting sight. Anyway, here’s some photos:

5 pics of standard layer dark mode 5 pics of Ohunkagan in topomap dark mode 5 pics of Ohunkagan in histor layer dark mode

In my opinion, these photos look incredible, especially in TopoMap dark mode. Now, here’s how to do it yourself. Firstly, get Google Chrome browser. Secondly, press the three dots in the top-right corner, hover over More Tools, and click on Extensions. Once in Extensions, click on the three bars in the top-left corner and then Open Chrome Web Store. Once there, search up ‘Dark Reader’ and add it to Chrome. There might be more configuration to do, but this extension will turn virtually any website into Dark Mode through CSS, HSL, and Dynamic color inversion. In other words, this will turn OGF dark for free!

Thanks for reading through this ridiculously complicated entry and looking at the photos, I appreciate it. This isn’t an advertised ad or anything, I just wanted to share this with y’all. Happy Mapping! -CharlieG

Location: Central Highlands, Tasmania, 7140, Australia

Comment from CharlieG on 3 July 2020 at 16:21

Also, if anyone sees this, I currently cannot display images directly in diary entries or comments using the markdown feature. Is there any fix for this? If you want to know what I mean, look at my first comment in Luciano’s diary entry. Thanks!

Comment from CharlieG on 3 July 2020 at 16:28

I found the problem! Just add .png to the end of the URL!

Comment from Arlo on 4 July 2020 at 01:58

Thank you for sharing this, I think these look fantastic! I love the dark atmosphere added to OGF.

Comment from wangi on 10 July 2020 at 10:22

“Hi mappers,

If you can remember, I posted about OGF in Dark Mode a week ago. I didn’t get much response but there’s been a major update! Austinhuang (Esthyra & Gobrassanya) has managed to successfully integrate OSM dark mode functions on Dark Reader over to OGF via a GitHub Pull Request! Like how OSM and OGF are Open Source, so is Dark Reader (the Chrome Extension used to enable Dark Mode). Therefore, please thank Austin for making OGF Dark Mode official and proper. Have a great night everyone, happy mapping!


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