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I don't think it can have been more than about a year since I discovered Firefox's "Reader" mode, and in that relatively short time I have gotten to the point that, when I'm on my phone at least, I instinctively check for whether the icon is available on every single site and hit it the moment I see it, even if the page in question hasn't yet loaded/rendered to the point where I can even assess it's readability. I just do it, because I have literally never once seen a single case where switching to Reader mode made the site *less* usable on a mobile. Not even once. I guess this shouldn't surprise me - nobody would have gone through the trouble of writing the feature if it didn't work well. But what does it say that we have gotten to the point where its of real practical value to automate the process of routinely throwing away the entire product of the web design industry?

@solderpunk what's the reader icon look like? This sounds good!

@solderpunk I concur it’s a fantastic feature and I wish it could remember sites I used it on and make it the default. It also tends to drop out much of the ad funk as a bonus

@solderpunk @kensanata reader mode all the way! I’m also a huge pocket user, I know some despise this integration but when I don’t have the necessary focus ahead this is a great tool so I can read stuff when available

@solderpunk there are some extensions at least for desktop Firefox that automatically turn on reader mode for some sites. I bet you could make it an every site reader mode thing!

@solderpunk reader mode fails me sometimes but i've disabled custom fonts since forever. CSS was a mistake? if you give people ways to express themselves, well, they're gonna use them, but the visual context-switching tax is not trivial

@solderpunk @ifixcoinops I love reader mode!! Pro-tip: it's also a powerful bypass for many websites' paywalls.

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I really, really miss Firefox's reader mode since switching to Ubuntu Touch (it doesn't have FF).

@solderpunk totally agree! Reader mode on safari is great too. Things load fine, sites don’t break. It’s almost as if a lot of web design could be simplified. Hmm. ;)

@solderpunk hey, can't load replies so dunno if this has been mentioned yet but on desktop ff, if you've reenabled userChrome.css you can add the following to always enable that reader mode button:

#reader-mode-button {
display: -moz-box !important;
visibility: visible !important;
}

@solderpunk this article explains the methodology of how it works! i found it super helpful! i think homebrewing an extension would be pretty easy based on this knowledge, and worthwhile! zumguy.com/enabling-reading-mo (and a good way to automate exporting for gemini!)

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