Just to experiment, I printed the web page above to a PDF file, then view that file using Tofu, an OS X file viewing utility and the result is like day and night:
I got fed up with this high noise-to-contents ratio and have been seeking for ways to bring sanity back to reading web pages. One of the way to deal with this situation is to use the print view. Many web sites has a print view, normally a text link that says something along the lines of “print,” “print this article,” or “printer-friendly view.” These are your friends.
The print views offer a few advantages:
- They often pack more contents into the same screen area.
- They are free of ads, or carry only a minimal amount
- Some websites show white text on black background, which makes it a little hard to read for me. The print view usually show black text on white background–much easier to read in my opinion.
And here is the print view:
Have a way to reduce distractions from the web pages? I would like to hear from you.