I need to dump my brain somewhere and sometimes 140 characters is not enough.

Jun 10

Changing text justification in Safari 5’s Reader

Much has already been said about the pros and cons of Safari 5’s new Reader functionality. I think that all the people dissing the typography of Safari 5 in general are exaggerating the issue somewhat. However, they are right that left-aligned (or ragged right) text is more readable on a screen. Fortunately this is easy to fix:

This hint on Mac OS X Hints describes how to change the look and feel of the Reader. You only need to change one file in /Applications/Safari.app/Contents/Resources/Reader.html

Look for this block of text

        .page {
            font: 20px Palatino, Georgia, Times, "Times New Roman", serif;
            line-height: 160%;
            text-align: justify;

And change the text-align from justify to left. Of course, as the Mac OS X Hints article says, messing with application resources is fraught with dangers. Make a backup, at least of the original Reader.html file before editing. Also once Safari 5 updates you may have to apply this change again.

Now I want Reader on my iPad, please. Until then I will continue to use Readability.

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