stylus VS readability

Compare stylus vs readability and see what are their differences.


A standalone version of the readability lib (by mozilla)
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stylus readability
47 18
3,537 4,400
1.9% 2.7%
9.1 5.4
1 day ago about 2 months ago
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Posts with mentions or reviews of stylus. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-10-18.
  • YouTube: Filmmakers Presumed Guilty Until (Maybe) Proven Innocent | 2021-10-18
    That github page links to the dodgy extension "Stylish".

    The better one is called Stylus. The main difference being "Any and all analytics, telemetry, and data-collection have been removed completely. We'd rather not know what you're up to."

  • To anyone who's ever worked on a game wiki: thank you | 2021-09-26
    Highly recommend the Stylus Extension, which has a lot of user-created themes that improve sites. This one does pretty well to make Fandom sites usable (although it has issues with colors that make some pages/links absolutely unreadable, but that's a matter of wiki style clashing with user style).
  • Will there be customizable backrounds?
  • Heya, how do I give VGCats archive a dark background? | 2021-09-09
    You're referring to the browser add-on Stylus. This sub is about digital pens, which are commonly called "styluses".
  • Google search page with windows...can I make it always just show the classic Google logo? (Instead of whatever the latest thing is.) | 2021-09-05
  • The most underused browser feature | 2021-08-25
    > (The end user should apply their own CSS if wanted;

    I still remember the time when user styles were a first class feature built into all browsers. Hell, that 'C' in CSS, "Cascading", was always there to allow styles to enhance/override prior styles, including - at the top-level - to allow the user to override website's styling. Back before web designers ruined everything by making every web page into its own special snowflake, people thought users would have one-two default CSS sheets to choose from and apply to any webpage, the way we today think about "dark mode".

    These days, we have to resort to using browser extensions. A well-known one is Stylus [0][1]. In a way, it's much better than old built-in user styles. But then, it's not built in.


    [0] -

    [1] - Mind the name, it's "Stylus", not "Stylish" - the latter used to be popular, but then it sold out and become another peace of surveillance capitalism detritus. Stylus is a GPLv3 fork of Stylish with data collection removed.

  • Yeah, I might get the hang of removing the focus rings on edge now but where should I input the code and is there any additional codes I should 'inject' as well? | 2021-08-19
    Stylus add-on for Chrome works fine in Edge. Set that as a global style.
  • Automatically scale .gifv urls to fit the full window? | 2021-08-09
  • Wondering about some pinephone uses | 2021-08-09
    What about using Stylus on Firefox ?
  • Does anyone know how to change this back to the old icon? This one is super distracting, and I honestly find it quite ugly. | 2021-07-22
    if you use pc or laptop you can add a styleseet for youtube, use this extension called stylus - (it's open source) , then you can add custom css , so you them make a style sheet for and add this css .ytp-doubletap-static-circle { display: none !important; } this will hide the circle.


Posts with mentions or reviews of readability. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-08-25.
  • The most underused browser feature | 2021-08-25
    Any developers who'd like to contribute to improving how article content is extracted from web pages should check out Mozilla's Readability repository:

    I'm currently trying to bring the PHP port up to speed here:

    We use currently use an older version as part of our article extraction for Push to Kindle: | 2021-08-25
    I gotta go back and figure out if I can submit a PR to fix footnotes, though [1]. I don't like using Reader Mode when I know there might be stuff missing, so I itch to go and check.

    [1]: | 2021-08-25
    I've just poked through both the GetPocket site ( and Mozilla's Readability Library GitHub page ( without seeing obvious guidelines.

    My general suspicion is that adhering to a simple HTML5 documemnt structure, and possible use of microformats ( goes a long way. | 2021-08-25
  • After 3 years mozilla still did not open source pocket | 2021-08-20
    I think this[0] comes close to what is used to extract text from an HTML document. Fetching can be done via any HTTP client. Will need jsdom to convert the text to DOM before feeding it to readability.


  • A Unix-style personal search engine and web crawler for your digital footprint | 2021-07-26
    Looks very much like one of the ideas I've been thinking of building! The way I planned to do it was to use a similar approach to rga for files ( ) and having a webextension to pull all webpages I vist (filtered via something like ), dump that into either sqlite with FTS5 or postgres with FTS for search.

    A good search engine for "my stuff" and "stuff I've seen before" is not available for most people in my experience.


    Two things I'd mention are:

    1. Digital footprint usually means your info on other sites, not just things I've accessed. If I read a blog that is not part of my footprint, but if I leave a comment on that blog that comment is part of it. The term is also mostly used in a tracking and negative context (although there are exceptions), so you might want to change that:

    2. I don't really get what makes it UNIX-style (or what exactly you mean by that? There seems to be many definitions), and the readme does not seem to clarify much besides expecting me to notice it by myself.

  • Article Parser - Parse News, Blog any kind of articles | RapidAPI
    - Feature Request (FR): I really like the output of mozillas readability, cause they also provide a normalized markup version of an article, you can just dump into the browser and it looks ok, which might be interesting for you to add,
  • A 4 minute introduction to RSS | 2021-07-02
    If you're trying to build one yourself, have a look at the open source Readability code[1]. It was originally developed by Arc90 and is now used by Apple and Mozilla in their browser reader views. The code has been ported to a number of different languages.

    I work on a service called Full-Text RSS[2] that used a PHP port of Readability, coupled with site-specific extraction rules[3] to identify and extract article content from each feed item. It then produces a full-text version of the given feed. The idea is you subscribe to the full-text version in whichever feed reader you use and it will transparently give you full-text articles where you had partial content before.




  • Where do I find the full list of sites supported by Speedreader?
    It doesn't use a pre-defined list, it uses Mozilla's Readability library.
  • [Feature Request] Enable Firefox Reader View for text posts
    However there is a standalone library here:

What are some alternatives?

When comparing stylus and readability you can also consider the following projects:

SponsorBlock - Skip YouTube video sponsors (browser extension)

koreader - An ebook reader application supporting PDF, DjVu, EPUB, FB2 and many more formats, running on Cervantes, Kindle, Kobo, PocketBook and Android devices

hn-search - Hacker News Search

darkreader - Dark Reader Chrome and Firefox extension

Shiori - Simple bookmark manager built with Go

readability.php - PHP port of Mozilla's Readability.js

rssguard - RSS Guard is simple feed reader which supports RSS/ATOM/JSON and many web-based feed services.