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6:36 pm on Jun 11, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I saw a post on Twitter about an interesting discussion taking place over this tool to make web pages more readable.

Problem is the plugin strips out your website's advertising and credits and inserts its own links.

Worse, Apple has incorporated the Readability Reader Tool as a native feature in its Safari web browser.

Does anyone know how we can block this plugin?

2:33 am on June 15, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Well, since it's client side, you'll never know.

Take at look at the HTML source of a page when viewed with Readability - it's unaltered. This is all client-side post-processing. So the request to you is the same. In other words, it's only changing the display, and it's doing so without sending any info to your server.

You could try to code around it, but really, is it worth the effort? Like for example, since it does its magic by parsing the DOM, you could serve up malformed documents that can't be parsed, but that seems like the worst of all possible solutions.

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