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Frequently Asked Question #259. How do I use LiveJournal with my cell phone, dial-up connection, or screenreader?

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 screen size for your mobile device;
  • reduce bandwidth or download time while browsing LiveJournal on a metered or dial-up connection;
  • increase accessibility when browsing LiveJournal with a screenreader.
Most of these options are available with a Early Adopter or Basic Account, but others (mobile posts, voice posts, etc.) require a Paid, Permanent, or Plus account.

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 Display tab of the My Account 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.

  • 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 My Account 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 My Account Settings page, or by clicking the View in my style link on the Navigation Strip.
If you want to see comment pages, but not other journals, in your style, set the Comment Pages option on the Display tab. This option adds ?style=mine to the end of URL for links on your Friends page, but you can also add ?style=mine to the end of the URL for individual pages in any LiveJournal.

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.

  • 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 Email Format option on the Display tab of the My Account Settings page.

Last Updated: March 16th, 2012

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