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Opened 5 years ago

Last modified 7 months ago

#46023 new defect (bug)

Twenty Nineteen: Reader mode on Safari

Reported by: gillesenvrac's profile gillesenvrac Owned by:
Milestone: Awaiting Review Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version: 5.0
Component: Bundled Theme Keywords: reporter-feedback close
Focuses: Cc:


I had a site with TwentySeventeen Theme and never encountered this problem. Because the icon for the "reader mode" in Safari browser is NOT THERE when I am on the general page (and not a specific post page). I just saw this behavior when I reinstalled the Seventeen theme : no reader mode possible for the list of posts as seen at the root of the blog.

When on Nineteen theme, the icon of the reader mode is visible on the root page, but when I click it, it shows me a post published months ago... When I navigate to a specific post address, the reader mode show correctly the page. So is it possible to disable the icon and possibility of reader mode when on root level ?

Hope this is understandable... Thanks.

Change History (4)

#1 @pento
5 years ago

  • Version changed from 5.0.3 to 5.0

Thank you for the bug report, @gillesenvrac!

I've been doing a little bit of testing with Safari's reader view, it's unfortunately a black box. Apple don't offer any advice on what triggers it, or how to ensure the correct content is placed inside it. I wasn't able modify the Twenty Nineteen theme in such a way that reader view was no longer available on the front page.

Given that Firefox's Reader View behaves correctly in my testing, I'm inclined to think that this is a bug that needs to be fixed in Safari. I've submitted a bug report to Apple (, I'll update here when I hear back.

#2 @poena
7 months ago

@pento Hi, are there any updates to this ticket?

#3 @SergeyBiryukov
7 months ago

  • Component changed from Themes to Bundled Theme
  • Summary changed from reader mode on Safari - TwentyNineteen Theme to Twenty Nineteen: Reader mode on Safari

#4 @pento
7 months ago

  • Keywords reporter-feedback close added

Apple never confirmed that they could reproduce this issue, or that they'd fixed it.

It'd be worth testing to see if this still occurs on modern versions of Safari.

Either way at this point, I'd be inclined to close this issue, as Apple has never provided information on exactly what triggers reader mode. Whilst there are various hacky workarounds documented around the internet, there's nothing reliable enough that I'd want to push it into Twenty Nineteen.

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