Many web users have difficulty in viewing and reading content on a website. This difficulty can result from many causes including poor eyesight and color blindness. Such a difficult in being able to read a site's content can be referred to as readability problems. Not only can such readability problems cause frustration but it can also interfere with their ability to interact online.
Luckily this difficulty can be addressed with many tools provided for the Firefox web browser. These tools are free and not difficult to use. To learn how to take steps to increase a web site's readability factor, please read on.
Things You Will NeedThe Firefox web browser, Internet access, and basic Internet knowledge.
Open up the Firefox web browser. Then either click on or type in the following website address: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page. After loading the website, continue to step 2.
Step 3http://lab.arc90.com/experiments/readability/. The website Arc9 readability website will open revealing several functions for formatting web pages.
After loading the page, return the mouse cursor to the bookmark menu. Click on the "readability" link. The page should now be redrawn with new formatting.
Using both built in zoom tools in Firefox and third party readability applications can help many users in their efforts to read content on many websites. However, the technology and applications are not fool proof. Sites that use Adobe Flash or other multimedia technologies may not work with such applications. Furthermore, not every site will work with reformatting tools such as those provided by the Readability project. Some sites will appear worse off than before and others may be more difficult to navigate. Each Internet user will need to decide what tools work best. Some may just use the built in zoom tools found in Firefox and other web browsers while others may seek out applications such as the Readability project. More exotic solutions not covered in this article include voice browsers that read out text aloud, braille printers, and other applications. However, by using the tools built into Firefox and a third party application such as the Readability project, anyone can improve the readability of many websites without too much effort or money.