Turn Any Web Page Into A More Readable Outline

One of the best ways to read, write and understand text is to work on it within an outliner.  You can then appreciate the natural order and hierarchy of each item.

HTML, the language that is used to create web pages, is also very much based around hierarchies and a formal structure.

Now, someone has had the bright idea of providing a free service that can convert any web page into a pure-text outline.  Just point your browser at http://gsnedders.html5.org/outliner/ and type the URL of your chosen web page into the box. Then press the Outline This button, and your outline will appear in just a couple of seconds. 

As you can see from the screen shot below, taken from the web site of BBC News, the results can be really excellent, and provide a great way to absorb a lot of information from a page that might be otherwise difficult to browse. However, the results achievable by the system are largely dependant on how well the original web page was crafted, so not all results may be this good.

 

 

 

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