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Minimalistic Web

Many websites are overloaded with features. This effectively makes them less usable. This project aims on providing templates for stripping websites down to the most necessary stuff. I have written a description of the concept down here.

Before/After screenshots are posted on this tumblr: minimalistic-web.tumblr.com.

Note: The templates

  • are designed for the Privoxy web proxy
  • are not executed for websites you access over HTTPS
  • are designed to be used in conjunciton with an AdBlock Browser Addon

Installation

Install and configure Privoxy. For Ubuntu e.g. $ sudo apt-get install privoxy.

Install AdBlock, either as an AdBlock Browser Addon or as templates for Privoxy (I followed the instructions provided here).

Clone the repo $ git clone https://github.com/cmichi/minimalistic-web.git.

Append to /etc/privoxy/config:

actionsfile /path-to-repo/minimalistic.action
filterfile /path-to-repo/minimalistic.filter

Restart Privoxy $ sudo /etc/init.d/privoxy restart (Ubuntu) and make sure your browser is configured to use the proxy. Et voilà!

In case of the templates not being loaded you might have to move them into a subdirectory of /etc/privoxy/.

Supported Sites so far

  • MediaWiki: you need to add the URI of the Wiki to minimalistic.action, german and english Wikipedia are there as a default.
  • spiegel.de
  • golem.de
  • zeit.de (zeit stylesheet was changed in the meantime, needs rework)

ToDo

  • create gallery/showcase of berfore/after templating of websites
  • Ideas for sites to "redesign": soup.io fullscreen view, wetter.de

License

This project is licensed under MIT:

Copyright (c) 2013-2014 

	Michael Mueller, <http://micha.elmueller.net/>

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining
a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the
"Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including
without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish,
distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to
permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to
the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be
included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND,
EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF
MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND
NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE
LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION
OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION
WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.