|03-09-2010, 05:57 PM||#4|
Join Date: Jan 2009
Device: iPod Touch
Those guys over at a list apart are seriously smart about their fonts/usability/standards compliance.
They talk about MS word like it's a disease in the publishing industry!
|03-09-2010, 06:25 PM||#5|
Join Date: Dec 2009
Device: pocketbook 360, kindle 4
Thanks for the link. Very interesting and very right.
And it has links to useful resources.
|03-09-2010, 06:38 PM||#6|
creator of calibre
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Mumbai, India
He forgot to mention the obsession with pages and all the hoops software like ADE has to jump through to try and force a scrollable format into paginated form.
|03-10-2010, 02:14 AM||#7|
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Spokane, WA
The comments to this article are quite insightful as well.
One major flaw in HTML for ebooks is the lack of book-like tags. Examine the styles on a major publishing house release of an ebook and you see what I mean. No one standard for body text, initial paragraph for chapter, pull quote, and most importantly footnotes / sidebars exist.
For conversion, I almost prefer PML (now that I have written my own pml to xml converter... almost as good as Calibre's... but it is in that sad old language, Perl). The stricter (sic) standard and fewer tags make producing ebooks that look and work similar to each other easier.
Now I would never advocate PML as a solution for anything, and am not ready to abandon HTML. I would love to see published standards for style names, tags, etc. for use with eBooks. Most importantly, I would love to see footnotes in ePub (either as an href, or preferably as a span tag).
By the way, speaking of footnotes, has anyone read the late David Foster Wallace's cruel joke on readers everywhere, Infinite Jest, as an eBook? I'm tempted just to see if my nook could handle the footnotes.
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