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Firefox Reader View for clutter-free web pages

Note: Please update your version of Firefox to enjoy these latest features.

Voice narration available! Reader View can now read articles out loud, so you can listen while browsing. Update Firefox to the latest version of Firefox to use this feature.

Reader View is a Firefox feature that strips away clutter like buttons, ads and background images, and changes the page's text size, contrast and layout for better readability. Reader View settings are easily customizable to fit your reading preferences.

View a page in Reader View

  1. If a page is available in Reader View, the Reader View icon Reader mode will appear in the address bar.
    reader mode url fx38
  2. Click on the Reader View Reader mode icon. The icon will turn orange when the page is in Reader View.
Note: If the Menu bar is enabled, you can also access Reader View if a page is available by clicking View, then Enter Reader View.

Modify Reader View settings

Options will appear to the left when you view a page in Reader View:

reader view controls f38

Reader View Options:

  • exit reader view 38 : Exit Reader View.
  • reader view font 38 : Adjust the text size, font and contrast in Reader View.

Options will appear to the left when you view a page in Reader View:

reading list controls 49

Reader View Options:

  • exit icon rl 49 : Exit Reader View.
  • font size 49 rl : Adjust the text size, font, line spacing and contrast in Reader View.

  • read aloud 49 : Have Firefox read an article out loud in Reader View.
  • pocket button reader view 38 : Add a page to Pocket.
Firefox for Android: Reader View is also available on Firefox for Android! See View articles in Reader View on Firefox for Android.
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Found with a bugzilla search:

Bug 1132988 - [ReadingList] [ReadingMode] create content for SUMO

Markus Jaritz [:maritz] 2015-02-17 05:21:56 PST
SUMO pages draft:
https://firefox-ux.etherpad.mozilla.org/ReadingListViewSUMO
Markus Jaritz [:maritz] 2015-02-13 10:31:56 PST
To fill our Reading List with content we need the corresponding SUMO pages to be created. One for Reading List, Reading Mode and Sync.
Next steps:
- draft outline
- discuss and align with SUMO
- create text and images (maybe animated GIF)
- review by SUMO and translate



Related: Bug 558882 - (desktop-reader) Ship Readability in the desktop browser (reader mode)

Bug 1123529 - (desktop-readinglist) [meta] Reading List on desktop

Bug 1120735 - Implement desktop reader mode controls

Bug 1124011 - Enable the reader mode toolbar button on Nightly

See also: /forums/knowledge-base-articles/711137 New Article & Feature Fx38 Desktop reader list

Not that I dislike the Reader View feature, but the current title reminds me of a remark some local forum user mentioned a while ago. In our language, we used the literal translation of “enjoy” somewhere, and the remark was something like "I’d rather see some different wording, as “enjoying” is something for users to decide.”

I think he has a point there so it was changed accordingly. As this article is the only one using “enjoy” in its title, how about leaving it out, or replacing it by “View” or something? If not, we might as well use it for any nice feature. ;)

I know the current title is exactly similar to what’s used in Firefox, but that isn’t really a requirement for articles, is it?

I also dislike "enjoy" in the title ... and the Template:update fx desktop used in this article doubles the enjoyment when you view this article in Fx37 or below. You see this:


Enjoy clutter-free Web pages with Reader View

Note: Please update your version of Firefox to enjoy these latest features.


I see from the "What links here" listing that the original title of this article was: Firefox Reader View - distraction-free web pages

I'm wondering why someone ( Joni ?) changed the title to the current one.

Since I don't think we can go back to the original title now since a redirect exists, what about

Use Firefox Reader View for clutter-free web pages

or maybe

Clutter-free web pages with Firefox Reader View

+1 Clutter-free web pages with Firefox Reader View

I do not really see the word enjoy as being helpful as part of a descriptive feature title. Unless maybe we know it helps with SEO.

MY preference is Use Firefox Reader View for clutter-free web pages

Any other suggestions or votes?

AliceWyman said

MY preference is Use Firefox Reader View for clutter-free web pages Any other suggestions or votes?

+1 Use Firefox Reader View for clutter-free web pages

I would just use Reader View for clutter-free web pages, partly because of Use making it longer or less attractive to localize (however the article is about using the view and changing its settings), and partly because I don’t feel like using Firefox in titles that much, though I’m familiar with the policy to do so lately. The latter also reminds me of a friend telling he noticed lots of instances of the word Firefox in support articles in general, though that’s about their content, not titles.

Please also keep in mind that, obviously, there is a tendency to treat terms like Firefox Reader View as proper nouns in en-US (hereby capitalizing all parts and leaving out “the”) even though the feature’s name itself is Reader View only, while other locales may not like or be able to do so and localize this to e.g. the reader view in Firefox, increasing title length.

But all is fine with me, it’s just about “enjoy”.

So, we can remove "Use" from the title and go with Firefox Reader View for clutter-free web pages

OK?

AliceWyman said

So, we can remove "Use" from the title and go with Firefox Reader View for clutter-free web pages OK?

Done.

Not trying to reopen this for a further change but another thought for a title is

  • Reader View for clutter-free web pages in Firefox

It still moves Reader View to the front where it is less likely to be truncated. It also moves the word clutter further to the front. Whilst leaving the word Firefox in the title so it will help with disambiguation within Sumo, worthwhile in that Android Reader View differs, as Android temporarily saves the information locally.

John99 said

Not trying to reopen this for a further change but another thought for a title is
  • Reader View for clutter-free web pages in Firefox
[...]

Good points, I agree.

John99 said

Not trying to reopen this for a further change but another thought for a title is
  • Reader View for clutter-free web pages in Firefox
It still moves Reader View to the front where it is less likely to be truncated. <snip>

Similar, but having a better "flow" IMHO: Reader View in Firefox for clutter-free web pages

P.S. John's suggestion, Reader View for clutter-free web pages in Firefox ... is also fine with me ... if we decide that another title change is needed.

Both are less than 70 characters so the whole title should appear in Google search - see Write articles for the Knowledge Base under Pick a good title.

AliceWyman said

Similar, but having a better "flow" IMHO: Reader View in Firefox for clutter-free web pages

As a coincidence, that’s exactly what’s currently used for our locale. Not that it would need to be similar in English, of course. ;)

Here's some background on the title. That title was requested by the Creative team because they were going to pre-load this article in a first run tour (FTR) for the built-in Reading List. They needed the language to match other copy in the tour.

As you know, Reading List was postponed (and the FTR along with it), so we're okay to change the title for now. Thanks for doing that.

Might help to add such facts to article discussions as background facts when initially creating the article. Maybe with links showing their proposed articles.

Another thought is if they need a fancy name why not just create that as an anchor text or if necessary use a redirect that way both sides are happy.

Might help to add such facts to article discussions as background facts when initially creating the article. Maybe with links showing their proposed articles.

Alice had linked to the etherpad and other resources, but I'll make a habit out of calling out these details for future articles.

AndyA

Reader View often doesn't pick up the intros of news stories, e.g. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/ministry-of-defence-condemn-army-general-behind-jeremy.... You get the headline and byline, then the second par. You have to read the intro while the page is still loading (the Independent is particularly bad at loading quickly, because there's so much stuff on the page), and then switch to Reader View. Something's going wrong.

(for the record)

Bug 1166365 - Speak the article (speech synthesis in reader mode)

https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/49.0beta/releasenotes/

underpass

Hello, it seems that - at least for Italian - it is not so easy to install and enable an Italian-speaking voice for this purpose.

It seems that no official documentation from Microsoft does exist and the only existing instructions are provided by bloggers - it is a sort of hack.

Moreover, this hack is not working with 64-bit versions of Firefox. I've tested all this on 64-bit Windows 7.

Could it be possible to know if it is the same for other versions of Windows?

Hi Underpass,

Thanks for pointing this out. I'll check with someone from the Firefox team and see what they advise for this article.

More updates soon. Joni

Users in some locales and on some versions of Windows might need to go through extra steps to install more voices for their locale. The Firefox team is testing this in languages other than English to determine which languages and which versions will need additional instructions.

They will let us know what the most user-friendly workaround is. Before we update this article, let's wait to hear back from them about instructions.

In the meantime, if you're seeing questions in the forum, please see this link: http://superuser.com/questions/590779/how-to-install-more-voices-to-windows-speech

Thanks for your patience as we try to figure this out. Here are some caveats to this feature:

  1. Articles in other locales except Chinese are read like English articles. For example, an Italian article would be read like English and if it has numbers in it, those would also be read in English. Chinese articles are read in Chinese.
  2. If a user has the proper language pack installed, articles would be read in English, but with that locale's accent.
  3. Windows 10 would have the right language pack installed if it's bought in that country. But, for example, If an Italian user buys a computer in a country other than Italy, he or she would need to install the Italian language pack. I've created a common response for this. We don't normally write instructions for other organizations, but it might be easier for our community to help users of this feature if we have our instructions internally.
  4. Windows 7 users would need to download a third party language pack to get the right voice for their locale.
  5. Supported voices:

ca-ES (Herena) da-DK (Helle) de-DE (Hedda) en-AU (Hayley) en-CA (Heather) en-GB (Hazel) en-IN (Heera) en-US (Helen) es-ES (Helena) es-MX (Hilda) fi-FI (Heidi) fr-CA (Harmonie) fr-FR (Hortense) it-IT (Lucia) ja-JP (Haruka) ko-KR (Heami) nb-NO (Hulda) nl-NL (Hanna) pl-PL (Paulina) pt-BR (Heloisa) pt-PT (Helia) ru-RU (Elena) sv-SE (Hedvig) zh-CN (HuiHui) zh-HK (HunYee) zh-TW (HanHan)

underpass

Hi Joni, now I have a few hints for Italian, maybe they might help for other languages:

  • Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 bought in Italy have native languages installed
  • In Windows 7 there is no official Microsoft documentation to install voices and make them work. I've found a few hacks but they fall far, far beyond the scope of SUMO.
  • Mac OS X (recent versions) should have an Italian voice.
  • My Linux installation has no voices. Maybe that's because I haven't installed any package related to Accessibility, but I am not sure about this.