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Enhance readability of sites with very small text on the iPhone iOS devices
Sometimes I visit a website on my iPod Touch that is almost unreadable due to the expected size of a screen on a desktop computer. Even when zoomed in, some sites have the text continue off screen, meaning I'd have to scroll left and right to read a whole line of text.

I have MobileMe and sync my bookmarks between computers and my iPod Touch. And one day I happened across just such a too-small site. Frustrated, I decided to just try my Readability bookmarklet, and was happy to see it worked!

You'll need either an iPhone or iPod Touch and a computer that you sync your device to via USB or MobileMe. From a computer, navigate to Readability and set your desired options. I like Inverse, Extra Large text, and Extra Narrow margins, but pick what you like. Drag your bookmarklet to your bookmark bar, as the site instructs. (You can move it to your Bookmarks menu, anywhere, or into the sidebar of Safari's Bookmark organization, so it'll be one of the first items you see on your iPhone's bookmarks).

Using either MobileMe or iTunes, make sure you have Bookmarks selected under your device's settings. Sync the changes. To use, navigate to a site with text you want to read, press the bookmarks button, select the Readability bookmark and voila!

[robg adds: You should be able to set this up directly on the iPhone/iPod touch, though I haven't tried.]
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Enhance readability of sites with very small text on the iPhone
Authored by: Mike Perry on Mar 12, '10 08:33:47AM

Thanks for the tip. It works quite well. I added Inverse to my options and put it at the top of the Bookmark folder that has my iPod touch links to make it easier to reach. Someone also might want to see if the creator would be interested in making a version specifically for iPhone/touches. With that tiny screen, it'd be great if Extra Large didn't enlarge some text too much.

We might want to also shake the Apple tree about adding this ability to Safari for the iPhone. Since a double-tap enlarges a column to fit the screen, the new triple-tap could activate Readability. It'd be easier than navigating to the toolbar each time.

Apple takes iPhone suggestions here:

http://www.apple.com/feedback/iphone.html



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Bug causing sites to render with very small text on the iPhone
Authored by: FlaSheridn on Mar 16, '10 09:50:27AM

Simpler for Apple would be to fix the longstanding WebKit bug that renders a lot of clean and otherwise handheld friendly web pages with unreadably small text:
<http://groups.google.com/group/iphonewebdev/browse_thread/thread/c7b605e5d43c0b26>.
(Disclaimer: One of the affected pages was my Stanford PalmPilot User Group home page, <http://pobox.com/~spug>; ironically, the WebOS browser is also affected by the same bug. We did implement the workaround for the iPhone User Group, <http://pobox.com/~sipug>. )



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Enhance readability of sites with very small text on the iPhone
Authored by: tempel on Mar 12, '10 09:01:37AM
Another option is to use the app iCab Mobile. It's a browser alternative to Safari, and it has a lot of great features.
One of them is to enlarge text, without zooming in, meaning you can read it without need of scrolling left and right all the time.

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Enhance readability of sites with very small text on the iPhone
Authored by: timcrawf on Mar 12, '10 09:10:27AM

Thanks for the tip. I have actually been using readability for a while now on my Mac. For some reason I never thought to try it on my iPhone.



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Enhance readability of sites with very small text on the iPhone
Authored by: xyglyx on Mar 12, '10 01:36:17PM

Thanks for the great tip! This is seriously awesome.

Note to robg: It's not possible to set up the bookmarklet directly on the iPhone, because the iPhone does not let you save a bookmark by dragging or right-clicking a link. (Simply clicking the bookmarklet link will not work.)

However, there is a way to save the bookmarklet on your iPhone without having to sync with iTunes. First, you create the bookmarklet on your Mac, then copy its URL (for example, in Safari, by right-clicking the bookmarklet link and selecting Copy Link). Then, you transfer the URL to your iPhone by email, Simplenote, or any other method at your disposal, and copy it to the iPhone's clipboard. Finally, you create a bookmark of any page in Mobile Safari and then edit the bookmark, replacing the URL with the URL from the Readability bookmarklet.



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instapaper has a good parser too
Authored by: incogenator on Mar 12, '10 11:38:16PM

from http://www.instapaper.com/extras :

"This is for immediate viewing and does not add the page to your Instapaper account. It's functionally very similar to Arc90's Readability, but with a different technical approach. They had the text-bookmarklet idea first, and you may like theirs better, so try Readability if you like this."



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instapaper has a good parser too
Authored by: chadvonnau on Mar 15, '10 11:20:39PM

Instapaper's version works on pages that readability doesn't. Great success.



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