For those of us who spend a lot of time in front of a computer screen, sometimes reading large chunks of text, not all of which is in a font or size suitable for extended reading, I thought I’d post about this new browser add-on that allows you to make whatever you may be reading a little bit easier on the eyes.
Readability allows you to select how you would like web pages to be rendered to make them more readable to you. You may:
- Change the style (options include: newspaper, novel, e-Book, and inverse (which creates white text on a dark background))
- Size of the text (ranging from extra-small to extra-large)
Readability does not play very nicely with front pages, though. It is intended to work on articles with a sizable chunk of text that you’d like to read comfortably. If you’re using Readability on a landing page (like nytimes.com for example), please click into an article first before using Readability. Also, it does not appear to work with Westlaw (even in full-screen mode) or with LexisNexis (even when documents are displayed in the printer-friendly mode).
However, with general Internet research, random web sites I tested rendered well. It also appears you can download multiple add-ons from Readability that will render differently (such as one add-on that will render inverse with wide margins and large font as well as a second add-on that will render pages like a newspaper with wider margins and a smaller font).
This would make a great addition to the Internet browsers on computers in your library that are accessible to the public.