Add Text Wrapping/Reflow to improve browsing experience!
Text Reflow would be a fantastic addition to IE in Windows Phone, as it makes the browsing experience so much better. Please vote and spread the word to hopefully make this happen!
Not sure what text reflow is?
Text reflow is a feature which allows the browser to - when you pinch-to-zoom - automatically and dynamically adjust and re-indent/reformat text on ANY web page for much improved readability.
You can seamlessly adjust the zoom level for comfortable reading, and the text always stays perfectly aligned within the page margins with no words cut off, no matter the zoom level - so no more panning left and right to read a whole line, or squinting at tiny fonts that are near-impossible to read.
How is this different from normally zooming in on the text you want to read? When you zoom in without reflowing, some browsers automatically detect the text/page width and set the zoom level accordingly - but this often leaves you with a tiny typeface which is really hard to read at a glance.
And if you zoom in further to actually make things readable, the text will be cut off so you’ll have to resort to panning back and forth to read the lines in full.
Text reflow solves all of this. And it’s a feature that is absent on many other platforms, such as IOS and some Android implementations.
Having this in Windows Phone would be a stand-out feature that would be a boon to usability and accessibility!
Here are the benefits of text reflow:
* It gives you a much, much (much) better mobile browsing experience
* It makes text readable at a glance, by reformatting it to your chosen zoom level
* Words & sentences are never cut off/outside the screen, so no flicking left and right to read
* No more eyestrain staring at tiny fonts - zoom to a comfortable reading size and the text remains formatted perfectly
* Works with ALL web pages - pages don’t have to be designed for mobiles to be readable
* You can still view the whole page with the layout preserved, exactly as the web designer intended
* It makes mobile browsing much more accessible for those with poor eyesight
And believe me, once you’ve tried text reflow you NEVER want to go back to using a browser that doesn’t support it.
Please spread the word and vote for this so it can hopefully be implemented in Windows Phone!
PS: Here’s an example of text reflow on an HTC device: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-WJCyNCXIo
sometimes text are so long that I have to move page left to right, not like android and opera moblie
This could be one of the best decisions that Microsoft could take to optimize the experience on windows phone.
Ronald Gregorio commented
Pls add this to WP 8.1 Explorer. Much needed improvement.
Ihab Abdelhalim commented
Windows Phone used to have this feature until it was removed in Windows Phone 7.5! You could zoom out in IE, Outlook, Word, etc., and be able to see more words per line, with the text reflowing automatically. I was frustrated when it was removed and never restored. I am not getting the Lumia 1520 because despite the screen sizes growing from 3" all the way to 6", most WP native apps still maintain the same content on all screen sizes, with no zoom out. What a waste!
I use text wrap/single column view/large font size daily with Opera Mobile on my Nokia N900. This is really required to view desktop formatted web sites on a 3.5 inch screen. Now with my new Nokia 521, I'm forced to deal with tiny fonts, sideways scrolling, etc. using IE. Microsoft needs to pay Opera to use or license their superior mobile browser product/patents on WP8 devices. Many web sites will never produce mobile formatted content and why install a bunch of useless apps. just to view each website?
The alternative to this is to depend on web devs to make their sites mobile-ready. That's just not realistic.
Shantanu Gupta commented
WTF....how can Microsoft leave such a basic things...if i would have known this...I won't have purchased windows phone...android phone was just awesome in reading PDF and browsing..
No Text Reflow on my Samsung Ativ S GT-i8750.
Had I known this before, I would never bought.
Luckily I did not he sell my old Htc sensation xe!!
I still can't believe that IE10 has no auto text wrapping. It should be basic function for each browser in the mobile device.
Android guy commented
Just to clear things up, its the browser that has to allow it, not necessarily the phone, Firefox for Android lets you do it on any phone...
This is basic stuff!
Like having a homepage, a forward button & quickly accessible favourites.
Why does a Windows Phone cost sooo much when it is sooo unfinished?
Rather than waiting around for things that might or might never happen... The more I use Windows Phone 8 the more I think I was better off with Android.
Yaniv C commented
I cannot stress HOW MUCH I AGREE!!
I left WP due to lack of imperative apps and the fact the I had to go back and forth side to side while reading articles due to lack of text wrapping
Just got a galaxy s4 - not text reflow in brower, my old htc desire was a much better browser experience.
Gutted - sending phone back.
only HTC and SONY can text reflow.
Thought I was the only consumer searching for reflow. Switched from Iphone to HTC Inspire years ago b/c of text reflow, but ready now for new phone BUT NONE REFLOW MY TEXT! Sales people never even heard of this feature. Are you kidding me? I refuse to replace my current phone until I find a large screen with text reflow. If you come across one plez post info here. Until then I'm dumping apps to keep my old HTC up to speed & hanging on to it.
It's not perfect, but the "speed mode" on UC Browser is a sanity saver. It is not true text reflow on zoom, but, on a per site basis, it is possible via the dropdown menu in the upper right, to enter speed mode and the text will be fitted to the window at a readable font size.
Too much time hand wringing over Angry Birds, Instagram, et al. and not enough time getting the fundamentals down. It's baffling how I have a more readable browsing experience on my six year old Symbian (with text wrap) than any Windows or iOS phone.
We need this asap!!
This would be really useful in mobile office also.
totally agree. i had iphone 4s, no text reflow as you surf. switched to htc desire hd because of much larger screen. i was surprised it had text reflow, had not heard of that before. once you enjoy text reflow any smart phone without it is just not acceptable.
i assumed text reflow was an android feature.
i just switched to samsung note 2 and am shocked it does not have text reflow. it turns out text reflow is a unique htc feature (can not understand why they do not stress that in their ads. i am also aware most reviewers of smartphones are quite incompetent as everything else being more or less equak, text reflow is a decion making feature. in fact, for anyone surfing with the smartphone, anything without text reflow is ESSENTIAL.
fortunately i sort of solved the problem with the Note by navigating with opera for mobiles which does have text reflow for most but not all sites.
i am keeping the note 2 because of that and because of the huge screen and the stylus which allows me to hand write notes and sketches; no longer i write notes on paper or quick drawings, shopping lists, etc. in fact i barely use my ten inch tablet now.
of ocurse, ANY iphone is just a ridiculous toy. no wonder the corporate phone at facebook is now the note 2, they have ditched their iphone 5s.
apple soon will soon be chewed up by samsung
Text reflow is the first feature I look for in a phone, and it seems like fewer phones now have them.