Feature request: Save webpages in reader mode

Hi all,

I really like reading webpages in Google Reader mode[1]. The reader mode is also available in Safari[2].

However, when using the Google Reader mode I am not able to save the webpage to Zotero.

It is a pity because this is exactly how I imagine how the webpage should be saved.

Is it possible to make the Google Chrome reader mode compatible with Zotero?
Is it possible that Zotero would process the webpages in a similar manner as Google Chrome reader mode before saving the webpage?

Thank you for Zotero - it is an amazing piece of software!


[1] https://www.howtogeek.com/423643/how-to-use-google-chromes-hidden-reader-mode/
[2] https://www.macworld.com/article/3206708/how-to-use-reader-mode-in-safari-11.html
  • The Zotero Connector for Chrome, Firefox, and Edge will save the page exactly as it appears in your browser, so if you use a third-party extension to clean up the page, Zotero will save that.

    The Safari extension has the older version of Zotero snapshots that don't reflect any in-browser modifications to the page, so third-party extensions won't help there at the moment.

    Extensions can't run on the native reader-mode pages in Chrome or Firefox, and the same is almost certainly true in Safari as well.

    We've talked in the past about offering a reader-mode option for snapshots in Zotero, but the new, more stable snapshots we rolled out last year make it somewhat less of a priority. Now that we can save pages as modified by other extensions, I'm fairly inclined to leave this to others, but if there's open-source code that works well we could explore integrating it (as we did with SingleFile for snapshots).

    (Also, I should add that I'm not totally sure how the popular reader-mode extensions work. If they actually remove content from the page structure, it could break saving high-quality metadata to Zotero, but if they only hide it from display, that'd be fine.)
  • Hi! Thank you for the tips.

    I have tried to make Zotero work with the first most popular reader-mode extension offered in the Google Chrome extension "store".

    I used https://add0n.com/chrome-reader-view.html
    It displayed the webpage quite ok for me, but I was not able to save it to Zotero.
    The webpage link changed to "chrome-extension://ecabifbgmdmgdllomnfinbmaellmclnh/data/reader/index.html?id=2348&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.zotero.org%2Fsupport%2Finstallation" after I enabled the reader-mode. I used for demonstration the zotero.org installation page. Note, that I wanted to include a screenshot but do not know how to do it here on the forum.

    Right now I am looking into any working solution, ie most probably a reader-mode extension compatible with Zotero.

    Any tips?

    Thank you!
  • Yeah, that wouldn't work — you'd need something that modified the page in-place, not at its own extension URL.
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