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May082008

Google Reader J-walking (CSS-based lens) – AxsJAX framework prototyped

For past sometime, Google Reader were experimenting with a simple CSS-based lens that allows the user to selectively magnify the current article, which was prototyped using AxsJAX framework. The CSS-based lens or J-walking is subtly different from using a generic screen magnifier, that end up magnifying the entire screen. But Google Reader lens is smarter; since it knows which article you are currently reading, it can selectively magnify just that article upon request. This results in much better use of screen real-estate — something that is an even scarcer resource when you’re a low-vision user.

Google Reader has now integrated this functionality into the main Reader interface. So with this lens in hand (your pocket) you can continue to hit j and k to move through articles, and when you find the print too small to read you can press = or to enlarge or shrink the font of the article you’re reading. The C in CSS stands for Cascading — and in this case, you the end-user get to have the final say in how you consume your content by cascading your request for a larger font on top of the presentation chosen by the content publisher.

Google, Google Reader, CSS, Maginifier, New Features

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