The Cure for Hard-to-Read Web Sites

The Cure for Hard-to-Read Web Sites

Sally Jacobs, the Practical Archivist, shared this amazing Web tool today: Readability, which boils down horribly busy Web sites to the basic text. You simply visit the Readability Web site, select the format you'd like to read in (including how large you'd like the text), and drag the link to...

Sally Jacobs, the Practical Archivist, shared this amazing Web tool today: Readability, which boils down horribly busy Web sites to the basic text.

You simply visit the Readability Web site, select the format you’d like to read in (including how large you’d like the text), and drag the link to your browser’s bookmarks toolbar.

Then, when you encounter a site that makes you want to spork your eyes out, just click the link in your toolbar, and the site’s content is miraculously legible!

Here’s a before and after with our local news site, which can be a trainwreck of ads and popups, with the actual story barely beginning before the end of the my screen.

BEFORE:

AFTER:

Amazing, huh? Click here to try out Readability for yourself.

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