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I look for a software or add-on (Firefox) to extract the main text of a webpage.

For example for a Wikipedia article it must extract the article and omit the navigation bars, references or headers and footers.

If it can summarize a page that would be excellent.

  • Free
  • For Windows
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Reader

It is a free Firefox add-on that converts the webpage into an improved reading format. That includes:

  • Stripping of Navigation panes, references, headers, and footers
  • Customizable fonts, colors, and margins

Before and after screenshots:

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Not sure if that fits your usecase, but Readability is an online service that can convert pages to more pleasant reading experience by extracting the main content. You can use it in Firefox as a bookmarklet or a dedicated addon. Readability was AFAIK one of the first (if not the first) websites to provide such a service.

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