Readability Redux 1.2

June 15, 2010 - 33 Responses

Hi there!

RR 1.2 has just hit Chrome’s Extension Gallery. This version brings some new, long awaited goodness!

Readability 1.6 and readable links

(original article: http://blog.arc90.com/2010/06/03/readability-updated-an-end-to-the-yank-of-the-hyperlink/)

In their remarkable quest of making on-screen reading more pleasurable, arc90 introduced the transformation of default web links into their paper counterparts – footnotes. Different color of text, associated with links, breaks your focus and slows down the process of reading. We wouldn’t want that, would we?

So, instead of this:

In new Readability, your links are formatted neatly:

Precise Readability

Readability, despite all its power, isn’t perfect. It can fail miserably on discussion boards, sometimes errors occur during the transformation of ordinary blog sites. As extracting content from the web isn’t 100% correct, you can help where the science fails! Enable “Apply Readability only to selected fragment”. Then, on the troublesome page, just select the text, fire off Redability and voilà! (this option is not a magic wand either, it takes some time to select the right chunk of text).

This option is what I used to create above screenshots. Instead of the lengthy article, I could select a few word from the beginning and present it here. Now, in case you want to see that again, here you are. Sit down and relax:

Keyboard shortcuts

Ok, this one is probably a biggie for many. It clearly speaks for itself. You might want to know that all changes, including disabling or re-enabling of the option, require a refresh of all tabs for them to recognize changes.

The sad thing about shortcuts is, Ctrl-R (and Ctrl-Shift-R for that matter) is already reserved as a refresh shortcut!. You may want to experiment a little. My personal suggestion is Ctrl-X (although most of the time I prefer the button – having the touchpad next to the keyboard makes a real difference compared to, say, a keyboard+mouse. YMMV).

Wrapping up, 1.6 is an exciting Readability update, and I hope my additions will please you too. As always, I’m open to all suggestions, catch me by mail (there is no comment feed in the Gallery so that’s less reliable form of communication). Feel free to fork my github project into oblivion, too!

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Readability Redux 1.1

February 28, 2010 - 15 Responses

Ever been annoyed by crappy styling of online newspaper sites? Worry no more! Readability (by Arc90) is a wonderful tool that puts default text placement and styling into overdrive.

What Readability does is, it removes everything but the primary content of the page (which it recognizes pretty well). The resulting text & images is then formatted and styled according to the principles of web typography. It makes reading online text really, really pleasurable.

It happens that I’m the maintainer of Readability Redux, the Google Chrome extension that adds support for the original library (Chrome, as opposed to Firefox, doesn’t allow drag n’ drop of links into the toolbar, hence extension needed).

If you haven’t checked out this tool yet, do it now – Arc90 has released an upgraded version that includes additional styling options. More, the new styles utilize Typekit – another interesting tool that makes the Web more beautiful.

The main point of this post, though, is that I’ve released Readability Redux 1.1, supporting the aforementioned upgraded version.

Enjoy!

PS. Readability Redux is hosted on GitHub.

Back to square one

February 5, 2010 - 2 Responses

Hi, folks!

I’ve decided to scrap all my old posts from the website! Quite radical. Given the fact that my interests no longer point at PHP and it was all severely outdated, it seems quite reasonable for me. So – to the new beginning!