Nowadays, websites are full of boxes of stuff, i.e., usually three columns, left side with contents of sort, and right side with commercials and advertisement, and only the middle 2/3 is the article that you want to really read. Before, I tapped the content of the article to expand it to fit page and read… It might work with some scrolling, re-zooming, etc, but it was never satisfying!

The solution: The Reader built in Safari browser for iOS 5. If you haven’t noticed yet, it appears when a page that can use the Reader, a grey icon labelled Reader can be found on the right end of the URL box: the place you type in http://www.something.com.

To activate the Reader, tap it and it will change to blue and a new page with only the article shows up, and read like a regular plain text page.

Another great idea is that the dictionary is available with the Reader, so you can look up a word’s definition by pressing on it until “copy|define” shows. This also works on the main webpage if the Reader is showing. In other words, no Reader no dictionary!

The irony is that we always go back to where we started? Web-page was very text base when it started in the 80’s.

Cheers.

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