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Viewing Simplified Articles on small screens


cv105

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I use web clipper on my desktop to save articles of interest in the Simplified Article format and view them with Evernote for iOS on my iPhone SE.

When I view the article with Evernote for desktop, the readability of the Simplified Article is acceptable. When I view the article on my iPhone SE, the readability is unacceptable. It's too small and the text doesn't stay zoomed when I try to enlarge the text and the text doesn't flow and the screen boundaries.

I suggest that Simplified Articles be saved in a EPUB like format and the Evernote for iOS have a EPUB like viewer for that note so the text flows in an EPUB like manner and to be able adjust the font size and remember my preference for viewing like most EPUB readers.

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EPUB is one possibility, but probably needs significant changes.

As a workaround: You can already save Websites in the reader mode as pdf (loosing the active elements as links) and view them on all devices.

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You choose Reader mode in your web browser. I have made a screencopy, this is on my iPad with Safari.

Not all web sites support the reader mode, for example the EN forum does not - the option is grayed out. If it works, it switches the sites presentation into a look very similar to the simplified mode EN produces with the web clipper.

In iOS you then click on „share“, there on print and produce a pdf. This can be send to EN, creating a new note with an attached pdf.

 

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I'm using Chrome on MacOS 10.14.6 Mojave so there is no reader mode in Chrome. I tried using Safari (v12) on MacOS 11.14.6 Mojave and all that does is create an note with just the link to the article as plain text which defeats the purpose of clipping the webpage and Webclipper for Safari is only for Safari v13, it won't install in v12.

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6 hours ago, PinkElephant said:

EPUB is one possibility, but probably needs significant changes.

An EPUB is simply HTML pages compressed. The creation of the HTML need only make sure that paragraphs use the paragraph tags and don't have break tags at the end of each line.

And when you view the note, there only needs to be a mechanism to flow the text and select the font size.

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I am using iPhone XS and iPad pro. Simplified articles are not readable on iOS (I mean, I can read it, but my eyes hates to do it). Fonts are way too small, and I cannot zoom the screen. On desktop they look fine.

I think this is very urgent issue to solve since many of Evernote users are doing their business on their phones and tablets.. I’ve tried Onenote web clipper’s article mode, and it provides decent font size and format for iOS. Still Evernote wins for other functions, but the competitors may follow up rapidly I guess.

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I've been comparing the iPhone SE with the iPhone 8 and the bigger screen doesn't help that much.

Also, I've tried clipping using the Article Mode and whilst the text flows appropriately, the font is a little bit too big but the worst of it is the margins are far too big. But it varies from website to website as to the size of the margins.

As a result of this observation, when clipping a simplified article,  I'd also add there needs to be a feature to control the margin size in addition to controlling the font size and making sure the text flows correctly at the margin boundaries.

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