[access-uk] Making webpages easier
- From: "Peter Beasley" <pjbeasley@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- To: <tafn@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 26 Oct 2009 09:10:27 -0000
In recent years, website design seems to have gone a bit bananas. Banner adverts, flashing sidebars, scrolling text windows, animations, video and background music all vie for the visitor's attention. Sometimes that's just the job because you've gone to that particular site for the full-on multimedia experience, but other times you're just after some simple text-based information and everything else is just a distraction. Anyone who's ever found themselves battling against a web "experience" in order to get the info they need will like Readability - a free browser add-on that clears out all the unnecessary clutter on a page. It doesn't work with every web page out there,but did a good job with the ones we tried. Below is how it works. Readability works with most web browsers including internet explorer and firefox. Start by loading your web browser and then click once in the address line to highlight what's there and type in www.snipca.com/x37 and press return. When the page loads, scroll down a bit and then experiment with the style, size and margin controls by clicking on the radio buttons next to each setting. As different options are selected, the live preview below reflects the changes so it is easy to find the best layout. Next, find the readability link (it looks like a big button). Firefox users can simply drag this up and then drop it onto the toolbar, while internet explorer users should right-click on it and choose add to favourites from the pop-up menu. When windows displays a security warning dialogue box, click yes to confirm and then click add to put Readability into your list of favourites. This completes the installation - the next step is to find a page with some text on it. Here we've gone for a football report. There's an advert at the top and all sorts of unnecessary stuff down the sides that's distracting us from the actual report, so in IE we can just click on the favourites centre icon (the gold star) and pick readability off the list. The transformation is instantaneous. To return to a traditional view of any site, just click thebrowsers back button.
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