A standalone version of the readability lib (by mozilla)

Readability Alternatives

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readability reviews and mentions

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 2023-12-09.
  • CSS for readability
    3 projects | /r/webdev | 9 Dec 2023
    I'm working with the Mozilla's readability library to get the "readable" text from articles and now I want to style the extracted text in a readable way.
  • Building a Serverless Reader View with Lambda and Chrome
    5 projects | | 25 Sep 2023
    Do you remember the Firefox Reader View? It's a feature that removes all unnecessary components like buttons, menus, images, and so on, from a website, focusing on the readable content of the page. The library powering this feature is called Readability.js, which is open source.
  • Webrecorder: Capture interactive websites and replay them at a later time
    6 projects | | 1 Aug 2023
    I wonder if Firefox "reader mode as a utility" might be a viable alternative for Pinboard like "content oriented" archiving?

  • Creating an advanced search engine with PostgreSQL
    9 projects | | 12 Jul 2023
    Depending upon the type of content, one might want to look into using the Readability (Browder's reader view) to parse the webpage. It will give you all the useful info without the junk. Then you can put it in the DB as needed.

    Btw, readability, is also available in few other languages like Kotlin:

  • I built a free prompt managing tool - Knit
    2 projects | /r/ChatGPTPromptGenius | 8 Jun 2023
    Same as above but the ability to grab the entire article text (you can use the Readability library for that:
  • I need automatic source URLs when I paste any text onto a card or note, like on OneNote.
    4 projects | /r/ObsidianMD | 20 Apr 2023
    // Original script // // Bookmarklet Converter // // Libraries // // javascript: Promise.all([import('[email protected]?module'), import('[email protected]'), ]).then(async ([{ default: Turndown }, { default: Readability }]) => { /* Optional vault name */ const vault = ""; /* Optional folder name such as "Clippings/" */ const folder = "Clippings/"; /* Optional tags */ const tags = ""; function getSelectionHtml() { var html = ""; if (typeof window.getSelection != "undefined") { var sel = window.getSelection(); if (sel.rangeCount) { var container = document.createElement("div"); for (var i = 0, len = sel.rangeCount; i < len; ++i) { container.appendChild(sel.getRangeAt(i).cloneContents()); } html = container.innerHTML; } } else if (typeof document.selection != "undefined") { if (document.selection.type == "Text") { html = document.selection.createRange().htmlText; } } return html; } const selection = getSelectionHtml(); const { title, byline, content } = new Readability(document.cloneNode(true)).parse(); function getFileName(fileName) { var userAgent = window.navigator.userAgent, platform = window.navigator.platform, windowsPlatforms = ['Win32', 'Win64', 'Windows', 'WinCE']; if (windowsPlatforms.indexOf(platform) !== -1) { fileName = fileName.replace(':', '').replace(/[/\\?%*|"<>]/g, '-'); } else { fileName = fileName.replace(':', '').replace(/\//g, '-').replace(/\\/g, '-'); } return fileName; } const fileName = getFileName(title); if (selection) { var markdownify = selection; } else { var markdownify = content; } if (vault) { var vaultName = '&vault=' + encodeURIComponent(`${vault}`); } else { var vaultName = ''; } const markdownBody = new Turndown({ headingStyle: 'atx', hr: '---', bulletListMarker: '-', codeBlockStyle: 'fenced', emDelimiter: '*', }).turndown(markdownify); var date = new Date(); function convertDate(date) { var yyyy = date.getFullYear().toString(); var mm = (date.getMonth()+1).toString(); var dd = date.getDate().toString(); var mmChars = mm.split(''); var ddChars = dd.split(''); return yyyy + '-' + (mmChars[1]?mm:"0"+mmChars[0]) + '-' + (ddChars[1]?dd:"0"+ddChars[0]); } const today = convertDate(date); // This is the output template // It is similar to an Obsidian core template // except to insert a value we use: ${value} instead of {{value}} const fileContent =`--- type: clipping date_added: ${today} aliases: [] tags: [${tags}] --- author:: ${byline.toString().split('\n')[0].trim()} source:: [${title}](${document.URL}) ${markdownBody} `; // This copies your text to the clipboard navigator.clipboard.writeText(fileContent); // This creates a new document in Obsidian containing your clipping // I commented it out as this isn't what you asked for /* document.location.href = "obsidian://new?" + "file=" + encodeURIComponent(folder + fileName) + "&content=" + encodeURIComponent(fileContent) + vaultName; */ })
  • RSS meets GPT-3
    2 projects | /r/rss | 18 Feb 2023
    So first part of the task is to "extract the text from URL", and that is achieved by using descendant of library which can extract text of any URL.
  • Ask HN: Those making $0/month or less on side projects – Show and tell
    95 projects | | 27 Jan 2023
    - a collaborative visual bookmarking tool. It started as something comparable to a visual pinboard, but then I discovered and it turned into a cross between pinboard and pocket

    * Tendee - an attendance tracking tool for recurring events (track a team over a sports season) with a wait-list option as well. Technically it can be used to fill the void between a calendar event, an evite and a Facebook event page, but that's such a narrow use case. This one is still very new.

  • Go Code Roast #2: readability.js port
    2 projects | | 28 Nov 2022
    In this video, I roast a port of a Mozilla Javascript library, readability.js ( to Go (
  • Show HN: Reader Mode, but Better
    12 projects | | 23 Nov 2022
    Playing the devil's advocate: Why is Firefox Reader mode not good enough?

    And also please note that Mozilla has their algorithm in the open here:

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