Feedback & Suggestions

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56 thoughts on “Feedback & Suggestions

  1. Suggestion: can you add a space after you strip out a tag as the words all merge together.

    Its coming on nicely now. I will definately put textise on my Christmas list!

  2. If I enter the address of a PDF file could you automatically feed it through the Google pdf reader and then textise it?

  3. Is it possible to set up Textise to use a custom font I have in windows.
    I would like to print my own blog entries with a script font onto 4×6 cards. I’ve got everything except the script font figured out.
    Is this a css mod ?

    1. Hi Mark –

      At the moment, Textise only supports a selection of “web-safe” fonts (as you probably noticed).
      If you need a different font, I suppose you have two choices:

      1) Copy and paste the Textise output into a word processor and change the font there.

      2) Edit the Textise cookie, changing its current font value to the local one you want to use. The location of the cookie varies according to the browser you’re using. Let me know if you need help with this – I haven’t tried it myself but I see no reason why it wouldn’t work.

    2. Sorry – missed the last part of your question.
      No, it’s not a CSS mod. Behind the scenes there’s a web service written in C# that parses the HTML, removing certain tags, amending others and modifying links.


  4. Hi Mark,

    Thanks for your work. It’s awesome.

    Here is a bookmarklet that could help (only tested in Firefox 3.6 with GNU/Linux) :


    And here is a Stylish style :

    @namespace url(;
    @-moz-document url-prefix( {
    color: #000 !important;
    background-color: #fff !important;
    font-family: “DejaVu Sans Mono” !important;
    font-size: 1.2em !important;
    color:#00f !important;
    text-decoration: underline !important;
    font-weight: normal !important;
    text-decoration: underline !important;

  5. Hello,

    I just discovered your site via the Firefox add-ons and it seems great.

    I was just wondering why you’re removing some elements like the titles, and perhaps other elements. As far as I know, from an accessibility or search-engine point of view, these elements are understood by screen readers and bots and it makes the page more readable by giving its organization.

    However, good and interesting work.


    1. Hi Arghi,

      Many thanks for the feedback.

      The answer, I guess, is yes – Textise removes pretty much all the formatting apart from ordered lists (bullet points). This doesn’t really affect search engines, of course, because the program makes temporary, text-only versions of pages, the original versions of which are search engine-understandable. I appreciate your point about titles but the idea I had for Textise was to be quite ruthless in getting hold of the text, nothing more and nothing less! I wanted users to be able to make web-sites look like they were being viewed in Notepad or in a command prompt, and they can! From other feedback I’ve received, it seems that screen readers work fine with the program.

      Thanks again for your interest. Any other comments or suggestions you may have are always gratefully received.

  6. Hi ian, used your Textise once. Excellent.
    It now sits in my Firefox list of add-ons but cannot boot it again. How do I bring it to life and how do I get a desktop icon ?

    1. Hi Mark,
      If you’re using Firefox 3.6, that would explain the problem – the add-on doesn’t work with 3.6 at the moment (you’ll find me moaning about this elsewhere in the blog!). I’ll be fixing it soon, hopefully. In the meantime, if you’d like a desktop icon, you could could set up a browser icon pointing at the Textise home page, Go to the page and drag the Textise logo from the address bar to your desktop – should do the trick.
      Glad you like the program!

  7. This is awesome. I am trying to set up a computer for my 80 year old Dad who is losing his vision.

    Is there a way you can make this automatic so it cleans up every web page automatically without having to click a button?

  8. I was wondering if there would be a way to constrain a textised page’s width. It would be nice to have an option of setting the width to something like 800px. reading text that is very wide, as is the case if I leave my browser maximised, is difficult to read, which is why newspapers and magazines use columned formats.

    Otherwise, I’m loving the addon.

    1. This is a good point and actually one that has been raised before. My original thoughts were, “Just re-size your browser”, but I’m beginning to see how that might be quite inconvenient. I’m planning some new features at the moment and this one definitely goes on the “possibles” pile.

    1. Hi,
      Thanks for the feedback! I’m pretty sure I can set up a hotkey for the Firefox add-on. I’ll have a look and let you know if I manage it!

  9. Just installed the FF addon to test a site I’m working on. Any chance you could have it read alt text for image map links? 🙂
    I previously used YellowPipe Lynx Viewer Tool, but it’s not available in newer versions of FF.


    1. Hey Adam,
      This is a very good point. Textise will just zap image maps atm (as you may have noticed!). Not straightforward to keep the ALT text without slowing things down but I’ll definitely give it some thought.
      If you need to do any testing in other browsers, the bookmarklet does the same job as the FF add-on.

    1. Hi – thanks for the suggestion. I’ll have a think about this. I wouldn’t want the default behaviour to be to open in a new tab so it would have to be an option. It’s pretty simple, of course, to right-click and choose “open link in new tab” (or whatever your browser’s wording is).

  10. a GREAT use for this addon is when at work, and you are trying to read non work related things. Its much more difficult to get caught when looking at text that images, headers, videos ect. I would love an option where I could right click a link, then have it open textised.

  11. This is great!!! Is it possible to be able to open links in text mode only? It would be nice to right click on a link and have the option “view in text” instead of having to go to that page and then switch to text.

  12. Great idea. Even better would be a lynx-like text-only browsing option, opening all pages as text-only until toggled off again. Also a keyboard shortcut to toggle would be most excellent.

  13. Its a great add-on. I would like to see a button on the toolbar to control the default view for new URLs: if selected, all pages would be processed via Textise.

    1. Thanks for the feedback, Johan.

      This is a great idea and has been requested before – and is on my To Do list! I’m hoping to get time to revamp the addon this year so it’s definitely a feature I’ll try to incorporate.


  14. Just wanted to say that since Textise has moved to the dedicated server, I have had no issues with it at all. Prior to this, in addition to occasional “real” outages, I’d also receive reports of “outages” via CloudFlare, which would often be resolved on retrying within seconds. I attribute these to server overload. Since the dedicated server, it’s worked like a charm.

  15. Brill – thanks for the feedback. I’m really glad it’s settled down now and that the server move was worth it. I also implemented some code to stop some hundreds of thousands of bogus requests hitting the app, which has also obviously made a big difference.
    “Worked like a charm” makes me very happy!

  16. Hello – is it possible to make the white background of the X icon transparent? In case it’s relevant I’m on 2.2.1 (for compatibility with PM browser). I can make transparent icons myself, but don’t know how to edit someone else’s code to do this. Many thanks in anticipation.

    1. Hi,
      To be honest, the FF addon needs a complete rewrite but you’d be surprised how complex that is! Unfortunately, I won’t be updating an older version but I will definitely consider a transparent image when I finally get round to updating the latest version.
      Can I ask why you’re stuck with v2.2.1 on PM (I don’t know much about that browser).

      1. Thank you. I understand. As it happens, I’ve discovered it’s not beyond me – if I treat the .xpi file as a zipped folder then there is an editable .png inside it, and I don’t need to edit code at all!

        But since you ask why I’m “stuck with” v2.2.1 on Pale Moon, there is another way of looking at it which links to the earlier part of your response about the complexity of a rewrite. I hugely value all the work developers like you do in writing the add-ons that I use daily, and I’m aware that hundreds of add-ons – including, when last I checked, every single one I use – will be broken by Mozilla in the Autumn with FF57; and that many developers will not keep contributing their free time to work that Mozilla breaks.

        So I am actually very happy to be ahead of the curve “stuck with” a browser that is committed to not breaking my add-ons!!!

  17. I would like to use this excellent add-on in Pale Moon browser, a fork of Firefox with significant differences.

    Would you be interested in porting your add-on over to be Pale Moon compatible?

    Although PM does not support Mozilla Add-on SDK, there is PMKit ( for adapting JetPack extensions (basically, a library that provides basic compatibility layer with Mozilla Add-on SDK).

    Many developers have successfully adapted their JetPack extensions for PM, as you can see here:

    It would be nice to make this extension available to more people, as Firefox is doing away with JetPack extensions anyway, so adapting it for use with Pale Moon is a great way to bring your extension to other users!

    1. Hi Grace,

      Many thanks for your excellent suggestion. I’ve just checked and can confirm that the Textise bookmarket works perfectly with Pale Moon. To be honest, I’m considering giving up with the FF add-on, as Mozilla’s constant changes make it difficult to maintain, and the bookmarklet achieves almost the same thing (no right-click/contextual functionality).

      I will, of course, have a look at the info you sent: if PM is going to remain stable it might be worth converting the add-on.


  18. BTW, this also answers the question of why the previous write was “stuck” with an older version of the add-on.

  19. Is it possible to get ad-free embed code from you? Looking for non-extension bases ADA compliant options & yours looks promising.

  20. Years ago Netflix had a text view listing movies by title, genre, year, language. It was a menu item called SORTED LISTS. Admittedly crude and minimal but far better than the idiocy of scanning thru huge tiles of meaningless box art. I prefer searching media pages without box art which wastes 80% screen space and totally distracts from the real content and meaning of the film. A text only rendering of Nflx content pages that retains synopsis but compressed the page to a vertical text list in columns would be a wondrous advance in the search for important titles. it would correct the inherent deception in huge graphics pages with only ten or fifteen titles decorated with posters seemingly created for illiterates.

    Hastings et al have simply destroyed our film heritage with his erasure of history in the form of search idiocy. Each generation have less info on fewer movies available because of the thousands of films purged when media standards fade and die. Thousands of VHS DVD, titles have disappeared over the years, dropped from “popular” view. Incompetent search function guarantees a self propagating subtraction of titles over time.

    Nflx could have made alliances with sources like IMDB, Instantwatcher, IMCDB ( or or any of the many film locations DBs. I would like to discover or buy a translation utility that scrapes graphics box art off movies and book browser lists and presents a “grown up” view in the form of a text listing with supporting columns of related info.
    Year of Production
    Language / Nation
    IMDB link (Cast and History)
    Location / Artifacts Links
    Review Links

    You would think a presumably educated adult like Hastings who we mistakenly assumed was interested in film as a fan or film as history could have thought of this and incorporated it into his Netflix invention. Apparently entrepreneurs like Hastings only interest in media is extraction of profit from wreckage. Unfortunately the destruction of video stores seems to have been the net goal. Now that the local physical entity of movie, music, books and multi-media shops are dying or deceased, idiots like Hastings, Besos, Turner, et al can proceed to erase film history from the “inter-webs” in conjunction with the Leftist stupefaction of our universities.

    Anyway, that is the gist of my RANT on the avaricious ignoramus imbeciles who have destroyed our film heritage and made it almost impossible to find and sort movie / book listings in any rational academic manner aside from pretty pictures by artists or balloon synopsis writers who may have never even seen or read the work in question.

    Someone with your talent who could render Film Box Art pages of nonsense into rational text listings could put a brake on the destruction. You might provide a tool for intelligent sorting and investigation of important titles and the real artists. Not the Box Art Poster Pimps but the cast, staff, writers, historians and directors etc.

    Wil – Central Indiana

    1. Hi Wil,
      Thanks for the feedback. You raise some interesting points – I’ll have a look at this when I get chance.

  21. Hi Ian,

    Please amend the URL format to reflect settings.

    ie, part of the URL would either have b for bold or u for underline.
    At the moment the settings tend to return to the default quite regularly. In my case, I keep needing to change LINK APPEARANCE from the default of bold to underlined a few times a day.

    The other advantage of having it as part of the URL means that you would be able to bookmark the address so that the new settings would be retained, and any time the URL is shared, the recipient with see exactly the same page as the sender.

    Thanks very much

    1. Hi Bruce,
      Many thanks for the feedback. I like your idea – I’ll add it to the list!
      Your settings shouldn’t keep disappearing like that, though. You do have cookies enabled?

      1. Thanks, that sounds great!

        I use textise at work, and I work for a large corporate, as you suggest, I expect that it is the cookies which are causing the problems.

  22. I mainly use textise to make it easier to read blogs/news/etc on a mobile device because i can set the width of the page i dont have to sidescroll for content that isnt mobile optimized. It works great for that except sometimes a page has a single string of characters that is very long, currently textise doesnt break these which can mess up page widths which then require sidescroll to read again. I would really appreciate it if there was a style option for “word-wrap:break-word;” or something similar.

    An example page:

    If you textise that page while trying to use a small width the single long string of characters makes the page wider.

    1. Hi lyenel,

      Thanks for reporting this problem. It’s something I am aware of (especially since it sometimes annoys me too!). It’s on the list for investigation; I hope to have a proper look at it quite soon.

  23. Hi!
    That’s a fantastic site, great!
    Unfortunately I can’t see text in javascript so I can’t use e.g. “zotero” 🙁
    Hope maybe in the future…

    1. Hi Renato,

      Thanks for saying hello and thank you for the nice comments.

      Just so that I understand, are you saying that Zotero doesn’t display text that’s in a JavaScript link? If so, you can change the way that Textise handles links on the Optins screen ( Just change the Link Destination to “Plain text (no links)”. Let me know if that helps.

      I hadn’t come across Zotero before so thank you also for bringing it to my attention – I think I might find it useful myself.


  24. Hi! I love your website and your service! I use the service on all my computers, it’s great! I know it might not interest you much, but I just discovered it doesn’t work in FIreFox 3.6 on Fedora 24 . I’m not sure if it ever worked, since I don’t remember trying it on this LInux laptop, but I thought you might at a random chance like to hear about it. Yes, I do agree: text is better in most cases! It cuts out all the ads, click-baits, and other nonsense rampant on the web. Was there a point when you didn’t use JavaScript? Sorry to ask, but being a Luddite of a sort, text-only goes hand in hand with NoScript (JavaScript disabler), so I thought I’d ask that too.

    1. Hi Funky Chicken,

      Great to hear you’re finding Textise useful. Thank you for the kind words 🙂

      When you say it doesn’t work on FF 3.6 on Fedora 24, do you mean that the site doesn’t work or the FF add-on? Let me know.

      Sorry but it’s always been javascript-based. It could be amanded to work without javascript, I guess. I’ll have a think.

    1. Hi,

      Thanks for the suggestion. You won’t be surprised to know you’re not the first person to ask for this! It _is_ on the to-do list and I will try to implement soon-ish.

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