Pure reading experience: the next step.


In Handy NR we highly value a pure reading experience: the one in which You can focus on the actual content, not being distracted by anything else.

The first major step here is the ability to read full articles regardless of active Internet connection. Once updated, each and every article should be available for You to read in its full form - neither external web-browser, nor active Internet connection are needed to any further reading of what You've already grabbed.

Now it's time to address the next step on the road to pure reading experience: the purity of the actual content themselves.

How clean are articles You read?

Handy can obtain article content either out of so-called "RSS feed" or out of the website on which the article has been published. The first way, however, often is not a good choice to rely on when it comes to be ensured that You'll be providing with full articles instead of excerpts or even sole headers. Therefore the second variant is much more reliable, just remember to check Load full articles within each of Your content source (feed) edit screen.

There is one thing worth keeping in mind here. Since articles obtained via this mode are originated directly on various websites, they sometimes may consist of some additional stuff here and there (within their text): advertisements, references to the related articles, a note on the author, sharing on social media, etc. None of those are genuine parts of the actual content, therefore they usually just disrupt Your "readflow" (sometimes it may be even hard to tell if You are still reading the article or perhaps an advertisement on some other = related one?).

What if You could get rid of all of this (or at least part of it)? With the v0.9.1 release of Handy NR we've introduced the ability to automatically exclude some of unnecessary stuff from Your articles. The feature might be called "Clean the content" (now it is called "Reload with tags") and You'll find it in the app's menu (tap on the top right while reading an article - but if You'd like to learn how exactly to use this feature, hold on for a moment and keep on reading).

Now I'll show You how to benefit from this. As an example I use articles which often contain "recommendation box": a section consisting of links to the other articles which are related to the one I currently read. Such a section may pop up "out of the blue" anywhere within an article's content. The first thing to do is to find it: with what words exactly does it begin? Take a closer look on Your article in its normal mode (i.e. before using "Clean the content" feature) to figure it out. For example, this is one such an article I've stumbled upon:

Before cleaning

As You see, the recommendation section begins with "Related Stories". Now, keeping this in mind, I choose "Clean the content" (from the top right menu) and wait for the text to be reloaded.

What You should see after a while, is Your article with a bunch of additional so-called "tags" (each blue, green or grey-marked text). Don't be confused by this strange appearance - just let it to fully load until You will be able to scroll it down. Then scroll it carefully and try to find the same position You've found a moment ago: the very beginning of the recommendations, starting with "Related Stories". Here You are how it looks considering My example:

Clean the content View

Now, the final part: observe if there is any blue-marked text close to the recommendations' beginning?

Good to know:
"Under the hood" of an article lays so-called "source code". Within it You'll find not only the actual content of an article - but also many additional elements, mostly so-called "tags".

In relation to our case tags may act as markers indicating various types of content: where it begins, and where it ends. Besides, they are organized in a Matryoshka dolls manner: placed one inside another.

It may look as follows:

...this is the actual content of an article You read and then [tagX [tagY some unwanted parts comes in - e.g. an ad tagY] tagX] ...and then the article continues...

Notice the actual [tags] which are placed within square brackets (the left for the opening ones - the right for the closing ones): Handy helps You to notice them by marking those elements with blue, green or silver color (the green one we'll discuss another time because they are a different story).

If You'd like to hide an unwanted part, try to figure out which tag acts as the most external wrapper of it. In the example above such a tag is called "tagX". Now, simply tap on this tag and choose "Hide".

Clean the content Action

If there is no blue-marked text preceding the unwanted part of the content - don't loose hope, we're working on improving Content Clean Mechanism even further to cover such cases as well.

The article should be reloaded again - once done, check out if the text is displayed correctly, i.e. 1) no more recommendations and 2) nothing else is missing.

If everything seems to be all right, You are all set: now You can enjoy Your articles being more pure - and happily benefit from this feature. From now on each new article will be cleaned automatically. If You'd like to apply the same cleaning to the articles You've grabbed before - use "Reload full text" option from the menu while reading them.

After cleaning

As a curiosity: if You'd like to enter "Clean the content view" again (i.e. after cleaning is done), You will see tags looking differently: the one which You've chosen to hide is now grey-marked, while all the content it influences is crossed out:

Clean the content View After Cleaning

If, however, it seems that after cleaning the article is not completed, You can revert the process. In order to do it:

  1. Repeat all the steps described above, but this time tap on the grey element and choose "Show".


  1. Enter the app's settings ➜ Advanced ➜ Remove text rules and remove the line with a name of the color-marked text You've hidden earlier on.

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