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Old 06-05-2010, 08:43 PM
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Default Re: Dealing with distractions while reading online

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Forgot something.

One other, perhaps overly obvious, suggestion. Lots of sites that offer lengthy articles have a "print this article" link/button somewhere on the page. Most often, clicking this will cause the loading of a new page, in which the article is rendered more or less as it will look when printed. (Sometimes you have to cancel your browser's pop-up prompt about actually printing, but that's trivial, to me at least.)

In this case, the links in the article may or may not still be there. But, as with Readability, at least you've removed some of the surrounding click-bait.

A bigger complaint I have with this option is that, almost always, the new page is too wide to read comfortably, since no layout margins are specified to prevent the text from sprawling the width of the window, as on a more typical web page. However, it's easy enough to grab the side edge of your browser window and make it more columnar, and the text will re-wrap itself accordingly. This does work in a pinch, and it may appeal of you don't think Readability is worth your while.
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