Status Update 7 of Reader Mode for desktop Firefox

30 October, 2012 § 6 Comments

This post was guest authored by Michael Anderson, one of the students working on the reader-mode project.

This week the team got an alpha version of reader mode working.  After the page loads, a button will appear in the toolbar allowing you to open that page in reader mode, which is currently in a new tab.

Here is a video of that functionality (interaction workflow is not final):

Going forward, the team has decided to start expanding the functionality of the about reader page.  To start we will allow people to change their font, change text size, and have light, sepia, and dark modes for easier reading.  The buttons to change these settings will be done similar to how PDF.js is set up.

The team is currently in the process of getting all of this code on the meta bug.

Updated on 1 Nov to clarify that Sepia styling is planned as well. – Jared

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§ 6 Responses to Status Update 7 of Reader Mode for desktop Firefox

  • Tim says:’s “sepia” style would be a really nice option. It’s black Cambria type on a sepia background. The typeface works well on all browsers on Windows, whether Directwrite font rendering is available or not.

  • Caspy7 says:

    Ha, I was also about to reply and add that a lot of people like Sepia so it should probably have heavy consideration.
    I can see from your comment links however show that that is already on the menu.
    I think it was you only mentioning the light & dark modes that made me “they must not be thinking of sepia yet”.

  • 趙 柏強 says:

    Should we open the “readable” page in another tab, or just in current tab (like Firefox for Android), or open an iframe right in the middle of the current page (like Safari)?

    Personally I would like to see it works like Safari, or just replace the current tab would be also acceptable. Open in another tab might not be a good process when reading, since I have to click to switch tab, read it, close the opened tab, close the current tab — a lot of steps.

    • msujaws says:

      Thanks for the feedback. As mentioned in the post, the interaction workflow here isn’t final, so what you’re seeing now is something that the team has put together to help them work faster.

      I personally would prefer that the content open in the same tab and act similar to a page navigation, allowing the user to hit the Back button to get back to the original webpage.

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