Have you ever browsed websites using Microsoft Edge and seen the little reading book in the address bar? That is the reading view option and is an absolute brilliant tool as when it is enabled, it gets rid of all the junk on the page, changes the text size and colours and makes a reading experience so much better. Some sites seem to have it and some don’t, but why? What is the magic juice that is needed to get this enabled for your web sites?
A tale of two Edges
Yes there are two edges we need to worry about here. Firstly there is the out of the box Microsoft Edge that comes with Windows 10 and renders using EdgeHTML. Secondly there is the re-invented Edge that uses Chromium under the hood. Edge powered by Chromium is still in development, but you can get your hands on it by signing up to the Insiders Channels....more
Why use it?
HTML 5.2 is currently at the ‘Recommendation’ phase with the W3C, which means that slowly each item in the specification is being worked on to bring them to your browser (well the features that the vendors deem are important). One of these is the dialog element. Currently it can only be used in Chrome and Firefox if you set the flag ‘dom.dialog_element.enabled’ in about:config. There is no support in Edge…unless you are using the new Chromium based development version, in which case you are good to go....more