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Easy Read

Easy Read makes it easier to read sites on the web by blending links into articles on sites such as Wikipedia. This makes it easier to focus on and remember the great content and avoid distractions.

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Blackout – Easier Reading in Firefox

Blackout Text for Easier Reading

Want to have an easier time reading webpages? Try Blackout. This great extension for Firefox will dim the proverbial lights on Firefox to make reading webpages a lot easier. A white background with black text can be really hard on your eyes after a while.  This add-on flips those colors for easier reading.

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NoSquint

NoSquint ReviewNoSquint allows you to adjust the text-only and full-page (both text and images) zoom levels as well as color settings both globally (for all sites) and per site. It is really great to use on those badly coded websites that give you an odd or tiny font that is almost impossible to read.

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Stop Squinting to Read Web Pages

Make Text Easier to Read

Don’t you hate it when you visit a web site and the web site’s text is so small, you can barely make out what you are reading?  Here are a few ways you can work around that everyday issue.

Three Ways to Enlarge or Shrink Text

You can enlarge text per web site you are visiting by holding the Ctrl key on your keyboard and scrolling up to enlarge text, and down to shrink text.  If your mouse doesn’t have the scroll wheel, then you can also do this by holding the Ctrl key and hitting the “+” key to enlarge text, and the “-” key to make text smaller.  The third way to enlarge text via Firefox would be to go to your menu bar, go to View > Zoom, and then choose to zoom in (to make things bigger) or zoom out (to make things smaller).

Reset a Web Page to Normal (after Zooming)

Now if you have messed around with the font size so much, your not sure what the default size should be – you can reset that too.  Just go to the menu bar, then click View > Zoom and then  Reset.  This will reset the web page to it’s normal viewing size.

So there you have a few more accessibility options to play with from within Firefox, so you can stop squinting at web pages you are trying to read.

Smart Zooming in Firefox

Smart zooming in Firefox

One feature I really love in Firefox, that probably does not get the credit it deserves, is the smart zooming features.  A feature that was new to Firefox 3, this allows you to zoom an entire page to make it larger or smaller.  You may need to make a site larger to make it easier to read, or you might make it smaller to fit within the screen real estate of your smaller monitors (for examples, those people out there who may have netbooks).

There are several ways you can zoom into or out of the page you are on.

Keyboard:

(make the page bigger) Ctrl and the + Key

(make the page smaller) Ctrl and the – Key

Mouse:

(make the page bigger) Hold the Ctrl Key and Scroll Up

(make the page smaller) Hold the Ctrl Key and Scroll Down

Toolbar:

View > Zoom > Zoom In

View > Zoom > Zoom Out

One more zooming trick that Firefox has up its sleeve is the ability to only zoom in on text, leaving graphics their normal sizes.  To do that, go to View > Zoom and select “Zoom Text Only”.  To reset a page’s specific zoom level (large or small), go to View > Zoom > Reset or hit Ctrl and the 0 key.  Firefox will remember which pages you have larger too.  So for example, you could zoom into FirefoxFacts.com, but when you visit WebHostingShow.com, it would still be at its normal size.  Your preferences are remembered for each site you visit.

Firefox Holiday Limbo Link List

Might be a little shorter this week, but here are the Firefox and Mozilla links that caught my eye for this week. Remember, if you want more suggested reading from Firefox Facts, be sure to check out the resources section for more.

Have an interesting link to share or pass my way? Leave a comment or drop me an e-mail at mitch@mitchkeeler.com and I’ll be more than happy to share it with the masses.

RSS Bootcamp with Sargeant Firefox

Listen here Private, I am going to not only give you some tools to get your RSS editing and reading done. I am going to give you the best tools you can load into that browser of yours. Are you ready? Well ten-hut – and sound off.

Different Ways to Read FeedsAlternative and Different RSS Readers

RSS Ticker – watch as your live bookmarks and scrolls their entries across your screen while you surf.

Simple RSS Reader – When you need to get the news fast, Simple RSS gets you there faster.
With only a few clicks you get your favorite news in your toolbar.

Feed Sidebar – The Feed Sidebar is an extension for the Mozilla Firefox Web browser that displays the new items from your Live Bookmarks in the sidebar. It works well – as long as you don’t have many feeds to get through.

InfoRSS – The extension installs a small icon (looks like an earth) in the status bar. The headlines are displayed in the beside this icon in the status bar or in a separate bar (top or bottom of the screen).

Editing RSS Tools and Addons

RSS Editor – Edit your own feed with this extension. It delivers a simple desktop RSS editor for casual editing of RSS 2.0 files.

RSS Validator – Once you open the RSS feed into the browser window, you can right click on the page or goto the Tools menu and validate the RSS feed.

Firefox Standard Feed ReadingTraditional RSS Reading in Firefox

Wizz RSS News Reader – At first I didn’t like Wizz much (fighting the urge to make a joke about “taking” this Wizz anywhere) but it has improved with time. It is fairly powerful, feature rich, well supported and has comprehensive online help for all.

Sage – The oldest and maybe the best of the built in Firefox feed reading clients. It delivers newspaper feed rendering customizable via style sheets. It also does a good job at integrating with with Firefox’s bookmark storage and live bookmarks.

Beatnik – Simple but elegant news reader for RSS and Atom feeds. It is simple. If your looking for neat features and a “wiz bang” interface, this isn’t the extension for you. If you need a feed reader for a dozen feeds or so and you want it built into your browser, you might want to give Beatnik a shot.

NewsFox – NewsFox is an RSS reader for folks who like Thunderbird’s built in RSS reader, but they don’t use that E-mail client.

RSS Reading on the Web (along with some cool tools)

Google Reader Notifier & Google Reader Watcher – Two grade A addons that give you a way to track when your Google Reader updates with new things to read. Pick which one does the best job for you and stick with it.

BlogRovr – It fetches posts from your favorite blogs about anything you’re browsing, and shows you summaries you can open read posts without leaving the web page you were on.

Text Size Toolbar

Need a few buttons on your toolbar to help you enlarge or shrink the fonts in front of you? This can sometimes be a big pain, especially if you have a large screen resolution. These folks that use really tiny fonts just get on my last nerve.

Do they really want me to read that tiny stuff? I guess not since they made it so darn little. The Text Size Toolbar extension takes care of this problem. It gives you quick and easy access to making your fonts bigger or smaller.

+ Download and Install the Text Size Toolbar for Firefox!