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[DRAFT] FAQ 259 - How do I use LiveJournal with my cell phone, dial-up connection, or screenreader?

[Edit] Changes to draft made based on feedback, and changes are now live on http://www.livejournal.com/support/faq/259.html.

Largely rewriting and partially repurposing this FAQ as it contains some outdated or no longer relevant information in several places.

Summary of changes:

  • Question changed to "How do I simplify the appearance of LiveJournal and minimize bandwidth usage?"

  • Minor changes to summary

  • Removed Site Settings section (only 1 site setting is still available)

  • Removed ?nohtml=1 and ?format=light sections. These only partially work, and require some combination of the old site design, customized comment pages, or old friends page style in order to do anything and aren't worth including with all of the necessary exceptions outlined.

  • Moved http://m.livejournal.com/ to its own section, made minor wording changes.

  • Removed all references to Lynx as it requires the old site design; FAQ #186 still has a brief explanation of it.

  • Styles section:

    • Entirely rewrote intro section

    • Removed no longer selectable styles: A Sturdy Gesture, Classic, Clean and Simple, Magazine, Variable Flow.

    • Minor wording changes in ?style=mine section

  • Minor wording changes to Filters section

  • Off-site section - minor wording changes, Removed references to deleted FAQs from off-site section


Note: FAQ #290 is referenced in the Off-Site section even though it isn't currently the correct FAQ to use. FAQ #290 is also going to be re-written soon to be a more general FAQ about LiveJournal mobile apps & downloadable software.



Question:

How do I simplify the appearance of LiveJournal and minimize bandwidth or data usage?

Summary:

If you would like to simplify the appearance of LiveJournal pages, limit the number of images which display, or reduce the bandwidth or data you use, many options exist which can help with this.

Answer:

Image Placeholders


When this feature is enabled, images in your friends feed and in comments to entries will be replaced by a small placeholder image which you can click on to view the posted image. To turn on placeholders for images, select the Image Placeholders option on the display tab of the settings page. You must be logged in to see placeholders instead of images.

Mobile Site


LiveJournal's mobile site can be accessed at http://m.livejournal.com/ and is a simple format with few navigational graphics. While developed for use on mobile devices, it can be used on any device and can help reduce bandwidth or data usage. Not all LiveJournal pages and features are available when using the mobile site.

Styles


LiveJournal offers many different journal styles, as well as the ability to customize your style. Some journal styles are especially simple and are low bandwidth/data friendly, most notably:

View all journals in your style


You can view all journal pages in your style by enabling the 'Other journals' setting on the display tab of the settings page, or by enabling the 'Comment pages' option if you only want to use your style when viewing comment pages. These options add ?style=mine to the end of entry URLs on your Friends page, and you can add ?style=mine to the end of the URL for any journal or entry pages to view them in your own style.


Friends Page Filters


LiveJournal allows you to view a filtered version of your Friends page which can allow you to remove known image-heavy journals or communities, or limit it in a variety of ways based on your preferences.

  • ?show= Add ?show=C (communities), ?show=N (news), ?show=P (personal), or ?show=Y (syndicated) to the end of your friends page URL to only show entries in that type of journal.

    • [[journalurl]]/friends/?show=C: View community entries on your Friends page.

    • ?show=PC or ?show=CY: You can also combine the letters to show multiple types of journals on your Friends page.

  • Custom Friends Groups: If you create a custom friends group named Mobile View, visiting your Mobile Friends page will display only entries from members of the Mobile View group. If you don't have a Mobile View friends group, the page will show entries from members of your Default View (if any) or all of your friends.

Off-site Options


You can also interact with LiveJournal using a LiveJournal mobile app, downloadable software, email, and by text message (SMS).

  • LiveJournal apps & downloadable software: LiveJournal apps for mobile platforms including iOS, Android, and Windows Mobile are available, and third party software also exists for Windows, Mac, and Linux which can remove the need to use a web browser entirely.

  • Post by Email/Text Message (Paid/Plus): If you don't want to update on LiveJournal, you can also email or text message your entries.

  • Receive Text Messages from Others (Paid/Plus): If you have a mobile phone, you might want to enable text messages from other users.

  • Get Comments and Event Subscriptions via Email: All LiveJournal users have the option to receive comment notification emails when other users reply to their comments or entries. You can also turn on email subscriptions for other events. If you have a Paid or Permanent account, LiveJournal can email you the text of comments you write.

  • Disable HTML Email: If you dislike HTML email, you can choose to have email sent to you in plaintext by setting the Email Format option on the display tab of the settings page.






This is the old version, for preservation only.


Summary:

If you would like to simplify LiveJournal pages or limit the number of images, you can use site settings, site schemes and styles, friends page filters, and off-site options. These options are helpful to reduce bandwidth used and increase accessibility while on LiveJournal.

Answer:

Site Settings


You can disable pictures on your Friends page or across all of LiveJournal.

  • Image Placeholders. You can turn on placeholders for images posted in your friends' entries and in comments. When using placeholders, every image will be replaced by a small generic placeholder image, which you can click on to view the posted image.
    To turn on placeholders for images, select the image placeholders option on the display tab of the settings page. You can choose to see placeholders only in your Friends and Friends of friends pages, only in comments, or both.
    You must be logged in to see placeholders instead of images.
    Your web browser may also have an option to turn off pictures. For information, please consult your browser's documentation, help files, or technical support.


  • ?nohtml=1 : This option is usable on individual pages, not the entire site. You can disable HTML on a LiveJournal page by adding ?nohtml=1 to the end of the URL or &nohtml=1 if there is already a ? in the URL. The ?nohtml=1 option turns off HTML rendering, which prevents pictures from displaying and formatting tags from being used. However, the HTML tags which replace them may make the entries more difficult to read.

    • [[journalurl]]/friends?nohtml=1: View your Friends page without HTML.


  • http://m.livejournal.com and ?format=light: LiveJournal's mobile site is a simple format with few navigational graphics, developed for use on mobile devices and/or with low bandwidth. It doesn't apply to all pages, so you may also want to use the Lynx site scheme.



Lynx Site Scheme & Styles


The Lynx site scheme, available from the display tab of the settings page, is a simple format which applies to LiveJournal pages. With this scheme, you also can choose a different style for your LiveJournal. Since no single style makes everyone happy, you may want to customize your own style after taking a look at these simpler styles:

When you've found a style you enjoy, why not see it everywhere? You can view all journal pages in your style by enabling the 'Other journals' setting on the display tab of the settings page, or by enabling the 'Comment pages' option if you only want to use your style when viewing comment pages. These option add ?style=mine to the end of entry URLs on your Friends page, but you can also add ?style=mine to the end of the URL for any journal or entry pages to view them in your own style.


Friends Page Filters


LiveJournal allows you to divide your Friends page into groups based on journal type, known image-heavy entries, or your preferences.

  • ?show= Add ?show=C (communities), ?show=N (news), ?show=P (personal), or ?show=Y (syndicated) to the end of your friends page URL to only show entries in that type of journal.

    • [[journalurl]]/friends/?show=C: View community entries on your Friends page.

    • ?show=PC or ?show=CY: You can also combine the letters to show multiple types of journals on your Friends page.



  • Custom Friends Groups: If you create a custom friends group named Mobile View, visiting your Mobile Friends page will display only entries from members of the Mobile View group. If you don't have a Mobile View friends group, the page will show entries from members of your Default View (if any) or all of your friends.


Off-site Options


You can also interact with LiveJournal using client software, email, and your phone.

  • Downloadable Clients: Many downloadable clients allow you to manage your LiveJournal account and post entries without using a web browser.

  • Post by Email/Phone/Text Message (Paid/Plus): If you don't want to update on LiveJournal, you can also email or text message your entries, or call special phone numbers to make an audio entry.

  • Post Pictures from Your Cell Phone (Paid/Plus): If you have a cameraphone, why not post your pictures to LiveJournal so your friends can see them faster?

  • Receive Text Messages from Others (Paid/Plus): If you have a cellphone, you might want to enable text messages from other users.

  • Get Comments and Event Subscriptions via Email: All LiveJournal users have the option to receive comment notification emails when other users reply to their comments or entries. You can also turn on email subscriptions for other events. If you have a Paid or Permanent account, LiveJournal can email you the text of comments you write.

  • Disable HTML Email: If you dislike HTML email, you can choose to have email sent to you in plaintext by setting the [[gmlitem:setting.emailformat.label]] option on the display tab of the settings page.
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