Text-wrap in browser?

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    Ok - how do I increase font size and get text to wrap in the browser?
    Pinch-to-zoom is nifty and all, but zooming is not the same as changing the font size for reading -- I certainly don't want to do 4-way scrolling to read every web page. Am I missing something here too?
    thanks
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    I don't about Safari. But if you can download (for 1$) the Atomic browser, you can increase font size on the fly.
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    Hes referring to auto text resize to fit screen when zooming/pinching in.
    Like in android.
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    If you have the typical 3 column web site, if you double tap on the column you want to read, it will zoom to full screen, just be careful not to tap on a link. You can also go into Settings > General > Accessibility > Zoom turn it on. Double tap with 3 fingers to enlarge things, double tap and hold, then slide your fingers up to enlarge or down to make smaller. Not the same as larger text and doesn't work on all sites. Also, I have notice that a lot of sites will allow you to enlarge the text right on their page. It's the three sizes of the letter A, just tap the large A, and it will make the text larger.
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    Thanks -- the Atomic browser helps a bit. It still seperates image-style zooming from font size changes (as Hedonist mentions) - but I can live with that. Larger fonts do render incorrectly when wrapped and mixed with links like the google news home page, but on simple pages (google reader articles) the larger font works well enuf...
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    Did anyone find a solution to the text-wrapping problem? Atomic is not great -- you can enlarge the font but it really doesn't reformat or "reflow" the way that my Galaxy phone does it. When I pinch to zoom in on a web page or other reading app, I'd like to have the text re-wrap so that the words fit in the window. WHY don't ANY of the iPad browsers or apps seem to build in this capability?
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    Have you tried Perfect Browser? I've changed the fonts on mine to " old eyes" size ;) and it renders fine without scrolling


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    That's a good question.

    The lack of word wrap always annoyed me a lot when I had an ipod touch.

    Then, I got a DroidX which wraps just fine & never used the touch again (ended up giving it to my 10 year old daughter)

    ~John
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    Has anyone found the solution to this problem: enlarging the fonts in the iPad IOS and yet letting them wrap like on the Android? Like others, I'm aware of Zoom and the ability to enlarge the fonts but they don't wrap. To find a solution that would allow them to wrap would greatly enhance accessibility for reading on the web.
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    With the advent of iOS 5, Safari has now been revamped to allow for a way to read text easier on a web page. When you load a page in Safari (and after it's fully finished loading), look to the far right of the URL address bar. You should see a dark gray button titled "Reader."

    Press that gray button and you should get a pop up that is text only (all the ads and stuff on the sides of the original web site is stripped away). In the upper left part of this pop-up is the standard "AA" button and pressing that will allow you to adjust the text font, from teeny to HUGE! When you are done reading, just tap outside that pop-up and you will be taken to the regular web site.

    I like this option mostly because it will automatically load all the web pages in an article - no more pressing "Next" or "single page" in order to read...

    While not a regular zoom/text reflow feature, this is pretty convenient in reading web sites. Maybe it'll help you?

    Good luck.

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    Thank you so much for the help however I have checked on Sfari on my iPad (in which I have the IOS 5 on) as well as the Safari on my PC but can't find the buttons you mentioned. This sounds good however and so I hope that it will appear on my Safari soon.
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    I'm on the latest version of iOS and this is what I get, try going to the site in the image and see if you get the same?

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    Thanks so much for the suggestion, however I was unable to find the Read button beside the address bar on the iPad in Safari. I did, however find a browser that will actually allow for the text to wrap when getting larger. It is the Mercury browser costing $0.99. I've been working with it for only a few hours but find that it will allow for one to enlarge the text yet wrap when in Read mode. Look for the buttons on the top right corner or if the address bar is not present, on the bottom right. There are several other features to this browser as well.
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    I just updated to ios 5 on my iPod Touch, but do not see the gray box. Is it only available for Safari on iPads, not iPod Touches?
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    Well, this gray Reader box shows up on my iPhone, also, so I don't think it's only for the iPad.

    The only thing I can tell you is that I don't see the box on all web sites. I don't know why, it may be how the web site is displayed. Maybe that's what you are experiencing?

    Sorry, but that's all I've got.

    Marilyn
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    Thanks for the speedy reply. Is there a website for which it does display that you can give the URL so I can test it? I'm not seeing it at nytimes.com or google or wikipedia. Also, is there a way I can verify that I have the right version of Safari, or is that not relevant and that it just matters that I have iOS 5? Thanks again.
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    Okay, now that struck me (immediately!) as odd, that you don't get the gray Reader box with Wikipedia. So, here's a picture of my iPad1 screen after I did a query on Wikipedia. Now, it took a bit, because the site has to fully load, but the gray box came up at the end of the loading session. See here:

    Safari.jpg

    If you type in the URL from the picture and still don't get this Reader box, are on iOS 5.0 or 5.0.1, then may I suggest you make a backup of your iPad (to save your contacts and email information) and do a restore of your iPad. This is because, IMHO, there is something wrong with your Safari version - but you can't delete and re-install a stock app (you have to do the restore).

    If you do a restore, you'll end up with iOS 5.0.1 on your iPad (just so's you know). But, you might/should get a properly working Safari.

    Or - you could take the iPad to the Genius Bar at an Apple Store. Maybe they can figure out why it's not working...?

    Sorry to not be of better help - but you not seeing the Reader button (on web sites I CAN) has me stumped.

    Marilyn
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    The picture verifies what I thought it should look like. When I did the update it automatically triggered a restore, but there was an error message part way through...
    Editing: I'm at work now with a faster connection and the updates completed automatically.
    The Reader box is there!
    Yay!
    But not on the website where I really wanted to use it. Boo.
    So I guess I'll try the Atomic browser.
    Thanks again for your replies.
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    My experience is that the reader button appears on some websites but not all. I wonder why.
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    This article from CNET describes when it will and won't work. Basically, it has to be a "single article." I guess posts on boards like this are each considered an article, so it won't work on message boards. It also doesn't work with frames, which message boards may use.

    Regarding text wrapping: Atomic Browser Lite (the free version) wraps enlarged text when you turn it sideways (horizontal).
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