DIY: Make websites readable

by Volker Weber

You have to try Readability. It turns this:

icannotreadthis

into that with a click of a bookmark:

icanreadthis

And it works even better with larger windows than I can show here. Highly recommended.

Comments

Irgendwie schon traurig, dass man sowas wirklich braucht inzwischen.

Kristof Doffing, 2009-03-07

bin ich zu doof, oder klappt das nicht mit spiegel.de, heise.de etc.
nur einzelne blogposts funktionieren (prima)

Samuel Orsenne, 2009-03-07

It only works with some pages - and if the language is accepted.

I tried: http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20090306p2a00m0na007000c.html
which is in English and works as designed

The same page in Japanese:
http://mainichi.jp/select/wadai/heiwa/hibakusha/news/20090227ddp041040029000c.html
does not produce any valid result.

Same for other sites and pages.

So not really useful for me - IE7 and up can zoom the whole page out of the box. I did not find a plug-in for the Firefox based browsers - they only enlarge the font and not the page.

Bernd Schuster, 2009-03-07

Samuel, it needs to understand the page structure. Easy for single articles, not so easy for complicated pages.

Bernd, I don't find it interesting because it zooms. What I like is that it removes all bad design and reduces the text to my settings.

Volker Weber, 2009-03-07

Bernd, Firefox 3 zooms the whole page too: Ctrl-Mousewheel or Ctrl-+/-, Reset with Ctrl-0 (zero).

Robert Dahlem, 2009-03-07

bernd / etal - The "No-Squint" Firefox plug-in remembers zoom settings on a site-by-site basis so if a blog or website is always too big or too small, you can just zoom in/out once nd the next time it will remember you preference. It also has a default zoom (which helps my old eyes on my high res / smal size thinkpad screen).

It does not remove content from the page but then again, I tried three pages with the "Readability" feature and it remove far too much - including the majority of the material.

Glen Salmon, 2009-03-07

Unfortunately it makes clean site designs MUCH worse - like vowe.net. Not really very useful overall, I think.

John Keys, 2009-03-07

Thank you! I can finally read the Shell game on IE (@ work)!

Colin Williams, 2009-03-08

i like this phone

shams cassim, 2009-03-08

Wow, impressive indeed! Thanks!

(Yes, no, it does not work for all sites. Pity, as it especially does not work on horrible-layout sites like www.telegraaf.nl)

Eva Quirinius, 2009-03-11

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