Readability unclutters your online reading material

Posted on March 5, 2009. Filed under: Tech News | Tags: , |

By Jay Hathaway – Downloadsquad.com

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Reading articles online can be a huge pain. Some sites have no sense of type design, or just have too much clutter to give you a pleasant reading experience. Readability is at least a partial solution to the problem. It’s a customizable bookmarklet for all major browsers that lets you load a site in a text-only mode to make it easier on the eyes.

Readability offers modes for everyone who reads online, whether you prefer a terminal-style light-on-dark monospace style or a newspaper-style serif. Text size is customizable and can be made extra large, which actually strikes me as an accessibility feature, and not just a convenience. You can also adjust the column width to suit your personal preferences. Readability works better on some sites than others: it’s perfect on NYTimes.com, and unfortunately doesn’t work at all on Download Squad.

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