Readability has been the topic of major discussion, several times, on the Health Literacy listserv. I recently saw this posting on the MCMLA listserv so I thought I would test it as readability is sometimes a challenge for me as I’m reading those news articles or blog posts online. It is easy, cool and it WORKS!
Re-format Web Pages for Easy Reading:
Have you ever wanted to “cut the clutter” from web page articles and just be able to read the content without the ads and other extraneous information?
A simple, free online tool called “Readability” will let you do this. Readability installs into your browser as a “bookmarklet.” When you’re on a web page you’d like to re-format, click the bookmarklet and Readability will replace the page with the content only. The content can be re-formatted in newspaper, novel, e-book or “terminal” styles, and you can pick the size of the text and the margin.
I found Readability did not work as well for “discussion thread” sites (it would only pick up the first thread in the page), but worked well for news sites and the other sites I tried. [SD]