Text Patterns - by Alan Jacobs

Monday, March 23, 2009

readability

For years now I have followed the same general practice when trying to read something online, especially on a newspaper or magazine site: first, stumble across an interesting article; second, look for a “print option” so that I can rescue the article from the surrounding noise and clutter of ads and links; third, increase the size of the text to a readable level; fourth and last, read the article. (And that assumes that the “print” option is available — when it isn't, sometimes I just give up and go to another site.)

All that has changed, thanks to Readability. Now I find the article, click the Readability bookmarklet in the bookmarks toolbar of any browser I happen to be using, and read away. I think it’s safe to say that no one has made a bigger contribution to online reading than the good folks at arc90. I am very much in their debt.

(Also, for those who have similar frustrations while trying to watch YouTube videos, there’s quietube.)

3 comments:

  • Thank you!

  • Maureen Ogle said...

    ohdeargod, what a great tool. THANK YOU.

    I do exactly what you've been doing: find print option, enlarge, blah blah blah...)

  • Wow! That's going in my bookmark bar, for sure! I do wish it had a few more San Serif options, though, as I find those much easier to read off a screen.

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