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Old 09-12-2008, 04:42 AM   #1
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Where's the HTML?

I apologize in advance if this question is just plain ignorant or has been done to death – though I didn’t find such a discussion via search.

Why is there no sub-forum for the upload of device-independent HTML files?

I keep almost all my ebooks in HTML, both for reasons of searchability and because we are now a multi-reader household. Keeping a good quality HTML file also means – I hope – that I’m future-proofed as far as new devices coming on to the market goes.

Given that I’ve gathered the freely-available tools necessary to convert from HTML to the reader formats we use, it makes more sense to me to download a single HTML file and convert it as needed. I realize that there are highly formatted books where device specific work is essential, but that isn’t true of the vast majority of stuff I download.

In addition, having a collection in HTML format would encourage co-operative working. If you are offended by my lack of rigour when it comes to em dashes, you are welcome to reformat the HTML, to the benefit of users of all ‘terminal’ formats. For me, at least, such a process would seem to be much simpler than making changes to anything which is already in a terminal format.

This is not an argument for not uploading in terminal formats, I’m simply wondering why there doesn’t seem to be a place for the format which already underlies most of the others.

Once again, apologies if this is just a stupid question.
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