Just the text, Please!

plug-in iconAs a dyslexic I regularly find that the rich media content of sites (primarily the advertisements) can become so visually over stimulated that I can’t keep a focus on the content I actually want to read, and I can imagine that you don’t need to be dyslexic to find them a distraction.

Well help is at hand in the form of a number of extensions and plug-ins for browsers which present the text on the page in a more visually neutral format. There are also a few plug-ins which read the content to you which have been included.

Check out the list bellow and hopefully you will find one to suit your reading style. If you also recommend any they we have missed off of the list please let us know and we’ll add it to the list.

Browser & Extension

Overview

Google Chrome
Text Mode De-clutter the web by activating Text Mode. All pages load in text form (no images, animation or video) so content is easier to scan and read
Text Only, Please! Open any link in text-only mode, clearing the page of ads and other clutter
Clearly (recommended) With one click, Clearly makes blog posts and articles clean and easy to read. Clearly eliminates all distractions from your online reading experience, and even allows you to browse multi-page articles in one, seamless view.
Read Mode Puts Google Chrome into read mode for a pleasant reading experience.
SpeakIt! SpeakIt reads selected text using Text-to-Speech technology with language auto-detection. It can read text in more than 50 languages.
Firefox
Clearly (recommended) With one click, Clearly makes blog posts and articles clean and easy to read. Clearly eliminates all distractions from your online reading experience, and even allows you to browse multi-page articles in one, seamless view.
Tranquility Tranquility removes unnecessary elements in a webpage, and provides a simple and tranquil reading experience.
Readable Readable transforms text on any website using fonts, colours, and layouts of your choosing.
Easy Read Easy Read blends links, making it easier to focus on and remember the great content while still having the option of following links if and when you want to
Blank Your Monitor + Easy Reading BYM: Changes colour combinations & ER provides a simple mechanism to isolate and highlight the text for easy reading.
Text to Voice TTS gives Firefox the power of speech. Select text, click the button on the bottom right of Firefox window and this add-on speaks the selected text for you. Audio is downloadable.

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