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Re: text-only version of web pages


From: Whitney Quesenbery
Date: Jan 30, 2013 9:43AM

I have seen users of all kinds use the "print friendly" page - usually
simply a different stylesheet - to get a distraction-free page.

There's also http://www.readability.com/ which handles many of the large
popular sites. Web site and mobile apps available, with personalization for
font size, column width and contrast.

I've used this when I wanted to test the actual content from different
sites and wanted to remove the confounding differences in presentation.


On Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 7:21 AM, Patrick H. Lauke < <EMAIL REMOVED> >wrote:

> On 30/01/2013 12:17, GF Mueden@ wrote:
> > I beg to differ. I am set to white on black for poor contrast
> > sensitivity, 200% for poor acuity, often minimize and pull in the
> > margins for limited visual field, and my eyes are sensitive to the glare
> > of graphics, they blind me to any nearby copy. I would love to be able
> > to see many sites on a text only basis. I have no objection to graphics
> > where needed to tell the story, but I do object when it is obvious that
> > the designer is just showing off. When ordering groceries on line, it
> > is not necessary that the list of departments have a graphic
> > incorporated for each department. On the other hand it does help me to
> > recognize the product package.
> >
> > I am not for outlawing graphics, but please give me the choice. The
> > ability to "X out" graphics would be appreciated.
> But all of these issues, and how you'd like to consume content, should
> be handled by your user agent, rather than web content authors creating
> separate text-only/limited-graphics versions, no?
> P
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Whitney Quesenbery
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