Readability Firefox Add-On

9 Mar/10

Most websites on the Internet are not only made up of information but also other content that might be seen as a distraction sometimes. Elements like advertisements, logos or navigational menus can distract from the main content of the website and tools like Readability remove the clutter from websites so that it is easier to concentrate on the content.

Readability was initially offered as a bookmarklet compatible with most web browsers. The Firefox add-on of the same name is limited to the Firefox web browser. It provides access to five different styles that can be applied to any website that is open in the browser.

Selecting one of the styles turns the original website into a compressed one that is displaying only the main content which usually is the text that is provided on those pages.

Readability places an icon in the status bar of the web browser. It is also possible to display an icon in the toolbars where it can be accessed easier. Keyboard shortcuts are also provided which makes the process even easier. Pressing CTRL + ALT + R will turn the Readability style on while CTRL + R will return the webpage to its original design.

The extension provides access to autoscroll functionality as well which can be activated with the keyboard shortcut CTRL + Shift + A. Once activate several additional controls are available:

0-9 : Set scroll speed, 0 being stand-still and 9 being skim-speed
– : Decrease speed
= : Increase speed
shift + – : Decrease speed quickly
shift + = : Increase speed quickly
ESC or q : Quit

The auto scrolling functionality is unique to the Firefox add-on as it is not provided in the bookmarklet. Readability can be downloaded from the Firefox add-on repository. No Script users on the other hand will not have much fun with the add-on as it only works if the root url is whitelisted or allowed in the security add-on.

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