I got a link the other day from Sean Whitton to an article about Safari 5’s Reader feature, which supposedly tears away the gunk that encrusts most web sites and presents it as straight, mostly-unadorned black text on white background, superimposed on the browser body.
This is what that article looks like, from within elinks.
And yes, they’re right. Stripping away the cluttered layouts, the pointless gizmos and the sloppy page design means better visibility, easier reading and a cleaner, more pleasant browsing experience. Those Apple demigods are so freaking smart, it must hurt. And whatever made them suspect that less is more? that carving away all the crap leaves only the best parts, and is easier to manage and enjoy? that Flash, Java, rollover CSS effects, popup logins, lightbox effects … all of those things are distractions really?
That’s my line! I’ve been saying that for years! I’ve been trying to convince people to drop Firefox and pick up a text-based browser for years now. Because that’s what it does: It removes visual clutter and leaves you with the information you were after in the first place! That’s been my mantra since at least 2007, if not before!
Do you know what this means? Do you realize the implications here?
It means Steve Jobs is reading my blog and stealing my ideas!
Curse you, Steve Jobs! 👿