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Old 03-09-2010, 01:25 PM   #1
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Great article on ebook formatting and web standards (A List Apart)

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Old 03-09-2010, 01:53 PM   #2
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Thanks for linking this. I rather agree with much of the article. Also introduced me to the ePub Zen Garden site, which I hadn't known about before.
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Thanks. It's nice to know that people are thinking seriously about ways to improve our future reading experience!
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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!
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Thanks for the link. Very interesting and very right.
And it has links to useful resources.
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Old 03-09-2010, 06:38 PM   #6
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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.
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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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