Originally Posted by alecE
This has long been a favourite book of mine. I have a pbook version which I have always refused to discard 'cos it was beautiful. So is this epub, I may finally allow my pbook to find a good home elsewhere. Thank you Zelda.
Minor typo: in the version I downloaded 18/7/09, section Author's Advertisement, sentence "I have come to the conclusion that, be the explanation what it may..." the word 'may' is shown as 'mav'
Fantastic example of epub art
thank you so much for the kind words alec, and also for finding that typo and reporting it !! i will fix that. i've not proof-read this text, so please do report any and all mistakes, i appreciate it.
Originally Posted by Esseb
This is really great, Zelda. It hasn't been that long since I last re-read the book, but this illustrated edition deserves to be next on my reading list, and the markup and css itself is almost as beautiful as the book.
A couple of problems though.
You used the wrong alt text for the initial letter in chapter 1 (the initial letters in the other chapters seemed fine though):
<div class="lettrine"><img src="images/t.gif" alt="W" /></div>
You should limit alt text for cases when it's actually required. The alt attribute is meant to be used when a visually impaired reader would not be able to follow the text without knowing what an image is of. A blind person really isn't going to care that some illustration he can't see is of a "man with cane". If an image actually contains text that a blind person can't read, such as header1.gif or the initial chapter letter images, then you should use alt text, but in many cases, alt="" is really the best thing to do.
Take the first illustration in chapter 1, for example. This is what the book would sound like to a blind person:
See "Context is Everything" at http://webaim.org/techniques/alttext/
, specifically example 2.
thank you very much esseb ! code almost as beautiful as the book, that is high praise indeed.
thank you for pointing out those problems ; the wrong alt text is obviously a left-over i didn't fix (originally it was the wrong image as well
and i will take a look a the site you link, definitely. i am a webdesigner and so i've gotten into the habit of always including an alt description but you make a very good case for situations where that is not necessary. thank you !
i'll post an updated version soon (i hope. drowning in work lately, but this will be on my list of priorities).
thank you again everybody ! with all your help one day this book will be perfect.