Read - Speed Reading via RSVP
Speed reading via rapid serial visual presentation
How to Use
1) Click the icon to start speed reading the main content of the current page.
2) Select text on any website by dragging over it with your mouse. When you right click on your selected text, choose the "Read Selected Text" option to launch the reading bar.
- Pause by clicking on the words in the reading bar.
- Resume by clicking on the words in the reading bar again.
- Change your reading speed settings by clicking on the gear icon.
- Replay the content by clicking the restart icon.
- Close the Read bar by clicking the (x) icon.
This tool handles all of the parsing and display logic on the client-side. There is no dictionary look-up or database of words referenced. Everything is parsed by regular expressions. Even with these limitations, read offers some unique features.
Rapid serial visual presentation allows for readers to keep their eyes focused on a single point on the page, saving a massive amount of time normally lost in reading. As the speed of this serial presentation increases, sub-vocalization also decreases and astounding speeds can be reached with great comprehension.
When the eyes read a word, there is an optimal focal point placement around 30% into the word to support easiest understanding. We handle this shift in the alignment of the words for you based on the word length.
Speed reading via RSVP is all about the timing. How long we display any given word can have a massive impact on the reading experience. Here's a few ways we optimize that experience.
Contrary to expectations, reading small words can actually be more difficult than reading words of medium length. Long words also take a longer time to process. These extra delays are built into our rendering code.
When you encounter a period, question mark, exclamation point or other punctuation, additional time is provided to process the sentence or fragment. This helps avoid the feeling of a run-on sentence.
The tool also gives an additional pause between paragraphs to help contextualize and process information as you read it.
v2.0.6 - Code cleanup and fixes. No more unnecessary number punctuation breaking (@knod contribution)
v2.0.5 - Added loading icon while fetching full-page text through Mercury for better UX
v2.0.4 - Readability shut down its API, so I've migrated to a new one called Mercury
v2.0.3 - Explicitly set word-wrap properties to override sites that add breaks
v2.0.2 - Added Numeric Delay option to slow down numbers
v2.0.1 - Allow users to Read at speeds up to 1500wpm (increased from 1200).
v2.0.0 - Completely rebuilt access to the Readability API by using a proxy. Now supports HTTPS.
v1.0.0 - We are now parsing the page to get only the relevant article content!
v0.4.0 - 3 new configurable settings, liquid UI
v0.3.7 - All settings are stored in chrome sync.
v0.3.5 - Abandoned Unicode Symbols and just embedded images so I could use a better font.
v0.3.4 - DroidSans is a pack of lies. DejaVuSans has proper symbols.
v0.3.3 - Apparently you have to fully embed custom fonts. Boo.
v0.3.2 - Font fix for PC (missing unicode chars)
v0.3.1 - CSS fixes
V0.3.0 - Added a drop-down menu for options and a restart button
v0.2.2 - Better WPM settings
v0.2.0 - Read icon reads whole page
v0.1.3 - Fixed pause/play and alignment