Register Guidelines E-Books Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Go Back   MobileRead Forums > E-Book Formats > ePub

Notices

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 07-16-2018, 10:46 PM   #16
Turtle91
A Hairy Wizard
Turtle91 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Turtle91 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Turtle91 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Turtle91 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Turtle91 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Turtle91 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Turtle91 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Turtle91 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Turtle91 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Turtle91 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Turtle91 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Turtle91's Avatar
 
Posts: 1,674
Karma: 11766398
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Charleston, SC today
Device: iPhone 6/5/iPad 1,2 & Air/Surface Pro/Kindle PW
Quote:
Originally Posted by DNSB View Post
One issue with using px for margins is that moving between devices with different resolutions does not work very well. On an 600 pixel wide screen, 10 pixels is a lot wider than 10 pixels on a 1404 pixel wide screen.
And, of course, it doesn't scale with font size changes. I admit I didn't read the whole thread but when people use an indent/margin of x pixels (or worse inches like some meatgrinder conversions) then changing the font size makes the indent/margin look all out of proportion.
Turtle91 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-2018, 06:29 AM   #17
roger64
Wizard
roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Posts: 2,302
Karma: 2385865
Join Date: Jan 2009
Device: Kindle PW3 (wifi)
I have been happy to use pixels for margins for some years now and was not aware of such blatant defects. Thanks for pointing them even if I shall keep my way.
roger64 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-2018, 06:46 PM   #18
Turtle91
A Hairy Wizard
Turtle91 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Turtle91 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Turtle91 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Turtle91 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Turtle91 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Turtle91 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Turtle91 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Turtle91 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Turtle91 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Turtle91 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Turtle91 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Turtle91's Avatar
 
Posts: 1,674
Karma: 11766398
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Charleston, SC today
Device: iPhone 6/5/iPad 1,2 & Air/Surface Pro/Kindle PW
lol...no one's trying to force you to change! But others might take note and realize they shouldn't follow the dark path - even if they have cookies.

You probably haven't noticed a problem with px because you have the number of px for your margins set to look good with your normal font size. I'm certainly guilty of that. I code to what looks good to me on my device with my settings. But if you want to serve a greater variety of people then using units that scale seems to be the better choice.
Turtle91 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2018, 04:55 AM   #19
roger64
Wizard
roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Posts: 2,302
Karma: 2385865
Join Date: Jan 2009
Device: Kindle PW3 (wifi)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Turtle91 View Post
lol...no one's trying to force you to change! But others might take note and realize they shouldn't follow the dark path - even if they have cookies.

You probably haven't noticed a problem with px because you have the number of px for your margins set to look good with your normal font size. I'm certainly guilty of that. I code to what looks good to me on my device with my settings. But if you want to serve a greater variety of people then using units that scale seems to be the better choice.
As far as I am concerned, it's even more than that. For personal reading, I usually convert all ePub to custom PDF to get a perfect display - on my device.

I found an article that goes your way that I cite here for fairness purposes.

while some other experts advise to use pixel again...

Last edited by roger64; 07-18-2018 at 06:36 AM.
roger64 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2018, 11:54 AM   #20
Hitch
Bookmaker & Cat Slave
Hitch ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Hitch ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Hitch ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Hitch ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Hitch ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Hitch ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Hitch ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Hitch ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Hitch ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Hitch ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Hitch ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Hitch's Avatar
 
Posts: 6,931
Karma: 63374881
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Device: K2, iPad, KFire, PPW, Voyage, and NookColor. 2 Droid, 1 Win8 ePUB rdrs
Quote:
Originally Posted by roger64 View Post
As far as I am concerned, it's even more than that. For personal reading, I usually convert all ePub to custom PDF to get a perfect display - on my device.

I found an article that goes your way that I cite here for fairness purposes.

while some other experts advise to use pixel again...
@Roger:

Your links aren't working, the second one, it's trying to link to your anchor text. I'm curious to read your referenced article.

Hitch
Hitch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2018, 12:37 PM   #21
roger64
Wizard
roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Posts: 2,302
Karma: 2385865
Join Date: Jan 2009
Device: Kindle PW3 (wifi)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hitch View Post
@Roger:

Your links aren't working, the second one, it's trying to link to your anchor text. I'm curious to read your referenced article.

Hitch
Aha, sorry for this.

there is one: anti-pixel
https://medium.com/@julienetienne/pi...d-faa87cd8c8b9

and the second one (just use pixels)
https://benfrain.com/just-use-pixels/

Last edited by roger64; 07-18-2018 at 12:41 PM.
roger64 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2018, 09:47 PM   #22
Hitch
Bookmaker & Cat Slave
Hitch ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Hitch ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Hitch ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Hitch ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Hitch ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Hitch ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Hitch ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Hitch ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Hitch ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Hitch ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Hitch ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Hitch's Avatar
 
Posts: 6,931
Karma: 63374881
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Device: K2, iPad, KFire, PPW, Voyage, and NookColor. 2 Droid, 1 Win8 ePUB rdrs
Quote:
Originally Posted by roger64 View Post
Aha, sorry for this.

there is one: anti-pixel
https://medium.com/@julienetienne/pi...d-faa87cd8c8b9

and the second one (just use pixels)
https://benfrain.com/just-use-pixels/
Roger, with all due respect, there's a REASON that you're reading a post from 2012 attempting to argue that using pixels in CSS makes sense. Moreover, his arguments, in my humble opinion, have almost zero bearing in the world of eBooks, which is not the same universe, really, as developing websites and webapps. Even the most inept web developer probably has more control over how his website will appear than the best eBook developer. As you're only making books for yourself, it's not super-important, but it certainly would be if you were building books that were supposed to work across devices.

As you're happy reading PDFs on an eReader, then, you have an already-perfect solution.

Hitch
Hitch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2018, 02:25 AM   #23
roger64
Wizard
roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Posts: 2,302
Karma: 2385865
Join Date: Jan 2009
Device: Kindle PW3 (wifi)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hitch View Post
Roger, with all due respect, there's a REASON that you're reading a post from 2012 attempting to argue that using pixels in CSS makes sense. .../...
Hitch
With all due respect, the quoted article has been published on the 20th of April 2015...

The two articles are mainly focused on websites display not on ebooks display. I quoted them because they provide examples which are easy to reproduce.

Do not dismiss the W3school recommendation to use em, % or px for screen display that I quoted above (for the latter, not for font-size). I do not know how old it is though but it is still part of the current documentation.

https://www.w3.org/Style/Examples/007/units.en.html

So, the use of px for the display of margins should just be a matter of choice not a "dark side" crusade...
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	px.png
Views:	39
Size:	5.8 KB
ID:	165095  

Last edited by roger64; 07-19-2018 at 04:03 AM.
roger64 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2018, 05:53 AM   #24
AlexBell
Wizard
AlexBell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.AlexBell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.AlexBell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.AlexBell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.AlexBell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.AlexBell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.AlexBell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.AlexBell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.AlexBell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.AlexBell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.AlexBell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
AlexBell's Avatar
 
Posts: 3,326
Karma: 10272564
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Launceston, Tasmania
Device: Sony PRS T3, Kobo Glo, Kindle Touch, iPad, Samsung SB 2 tablet
Sorry for the late response. Poetry is a problem which caused me a lot of grief a few years ago. I'm sure there was a discussion in the forum then, and I and others developed some markup as shown on the attached text file - the CSS is first, of course, and the verse is the epigraph to chapter 18 of Daniel Deronda by George Eliot that I'm working on now.

I think one of the advantages of this system is that the lines break on a 6" reader, but are less like to break on a tablet or an iPad.

I'm interested in any refinements that might be suggested.
Attached Files
File Type: txt Poetry.txt (1.0 KB, 39 views)

Last edited by AlexBell; 07-19-2018 at 07:27 PM.
AlexBell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2018, 07:16 AM   #25
roger64
Wizard
roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Posts: 2,302
Karma: 2385865
Join Date: Jan 2009
Device: Kindle PW3 (wifi)
Thanks Alex for your input which put us back on the main topic from where we had a little drifted...

There are indeed some similarities:

- One paragraph, one verse, that's also what I finally chose, even if it looks a little code-heavy. But that affords to take care of some very long verses.
- Use of a -smaller- negative indent.
- One div to encompass each stanza
roger64 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2018, 07:29 PM   #26
AlexBell
Wizard
AlexBell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.AlexBell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.AlexBell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.AlexBell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.AlexBell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.AlexBell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.AlexBell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.AlexBell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.AlexBell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.AlexBell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.AlexBell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
AlexBell's Avatar
 
Posts: 3,326
Karma: 10272564
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Launceston, Tasmania
Device: Sony PRS T3, Kobo Glo, Kindle Touch, iPad, Samsung SB 2 tablet
Thanks, Roger. I should mention that I have corrected the post: I wrote that the lines indent when I meant that the lines break.
AlexBell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-20-2018, 10:09 AM   #27
Hitch
Bookmaker & Cat Slave
Hitch ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Hitch ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Hitch ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Hitch ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Hitch ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Hitch ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Hitch ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Hitch ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Hitch ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Hitch ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Hitch ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Hitch's Avatar
 
Posts: 6,931
Karma: 63374881
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Device: K2, iPad, KFire, PPW, Voyage, and NookColor. 2 Droid, 1 Win8 ePUB rdrs
Quote:
Originally Posted by roger64 View Post

So, the use of px for the display of margins should just be a matter of choice not a "dark side" crusade...
As we all know, there's a pretty big dfference between writing for the web, and writing for tablets/devices. While it may well not be "dark side" for the web, using px for margins for eReaders does have the issue that Turtle mentioned, not resizing along with the font, which can have some pretty damn unattractive results. In your poetry, you've used it for space-between stanzas...I just wonder how that will look if the font is sized quite differently, either up or down.

But...you change ePUBs to PDFs, to "perfectly" suit your device, so you seem to be making choices that are quite different than what everyone else is doing, for eReaders. Honestly, I find trying to read PDFS on a device incredibly tedious.
Spoiler:
(When people want us to make a fixed-layout eBook, which is almost always a book that doesn't need to be made this way, I have them put a PDF on their smartphone, and try to read it. A few pages of trying to do that inevitably makes them decide that fixed-layout ain't all it's cracked up to be, once they find out what a PITA it is to read that way.)
I'm surprised that you don't, but, whatever floats your boat.

Nonetheless, anytime you use px in an environment over which you have limited control--and over which others do have the ability to exert some control--I think you're running a risk that the resulting appearance, or even functionality, of the book could have some unfortunate unintended consequences.

Sure, for some things--like the ubiquitous search for The One Drop Cap To Rule Them All--the job can be made far easier by the use of measurements in px, but...when I think about that (the Drop, I mean), while we can write mq's today, that will address pretty much every device, and thus make the px measurements not so potentially problematic, what happens when a new device is introduced, by Amazon, or the Fire is adjusted to a new size, shape, aspect ratio, screensize, etc.? Or the same for any line of devices? What happens if the Yadda-yadda Reader comes out with a 600ppi screen? Yes, yes, I know, that's fantastic, in the traditional meaning of the word, and useless, as well, due to limitations in the human eye, but I cannot be the only person here who remembers all too well what happened to books with internal images and fleurons, when all the Kindles went from 72ppi to 330ppi, right? And 200-300px wide images, that were half-screen-width, on a K2 or KK, were suddenly less than an inch wide? And fleurons looked like specks?

I freely admit that it's been years since I personally tried using px measurements, in any book I was working on. So, I don't have a bunch of examples immediately to hand, or to brain. I don't think it's as simple as, "it's a bunch of CSS jockeys arguing, and there's no dark side."

And lastly, I don't think that this discussion is that far OT. We're talking about poetry--which is invariably a PITA (no? What's your solution for line-length line-wrapping, due to font sizing, when the poet has created his poetry centered? How do you distinquish between the poet's intentional new lines, and those caused by lack of horizontal space? I know it sounds stupid--but there isn't a solution. You'd think that would be the easiest layout, right, in so many ways? Phlllbbbfffftttttt.) Anytime you deal with poetry that is anything other than typical stanzas, left-aligned, you run into these types of issues, and most of us have (stupidly) taken on some visual poetry at some point in time. Px and Poetry seem to go together, in the realm of trying to address the myriad issues, so I don't feel that this is an OT discussion, given the realms of headaches that poetry inflicts upon those folks trying to make it work in the digital world.

JMHO, since I can't bring a bunch of examples to the party. For now.

Hitch
Hitch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-20-2018, 03:31 PM   #28
roger64
Wizard
roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.roger64 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Posts: 2,302
Karma: 2385865
Join Date: Jan 2009
Device: Kindle PW3 (wifi)
I think that every unit, between em, px and %, has its advantages and drawbacks. Everywhere you have to compromise more or less.

Yes px margins are not perfect. Some drawbacks have been signalled, mainly if you apply big changes in font-size. But, for other reasons, this also exists for em. If it was perfect, why should have people invented rem? px is just an acceptable choice for margins, not worth making a fuss.

I use Prince PDF to convert specially prepared ePub to 9×12 PDF. I use my custom font (slightly darkened), with excellent typography (crengine for koreader suffers from some CSS glitches). I am fastidious enough to spend between 30 minutes to one hour (for complex books) to first rebuild any book I intend to read my way. But, then, I really enjoy reading them. I know it can't be a generic approach but it's mine.

small images: using %

Sometimes however, I like to use % instead of pixels. If I use px for margins, I prefer using % for image display (full page images are not concerned here: I use svg wrappers for them). For smaller images, there are several solutions:
- use pixels and let the renderer do its job, which it will do -hopefully. However you have also to take into account the size of the images, which can be pretty tedious.
- using max-width values just prevent some mishaps but cannot apply for all images.

- I chose to add individual width percentage to inline style*. I use an unpublished plugin which prorates automatically the percentage width of all these images (and adds "height: auto") for a 3/4 ratio. The display is excellent for all devices with this shape (ex: 600/800). It's not universal though: in landscape mode, for exotic shapes of screen, it does not fit so well. This is the price of the compromise. But, thanks to this, the display of images on my PDF is pretty good.It's a quick and dirty solution and very handy for me (just one click away for all smaller images). Feel free to disagree.

* to get the highest CSS priority

poetry

As far as poetry is concerned, I certainly do not pretend having found the solution. The one presented here just can help for one use case but poetry offers myriads of them which require other specific solutions, and even then...

Last edited by roger64; 07-22-2018 at 03:09 AM. Reason: *
roger64 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Poetry roger64 ePub 7 02-11-2014 10:37 AM
Just Poetry newone Self-Promotions by Authors and Publishers 0 04-02-2012 01:34 PM
Anyone for poetry? Graham Coulson Lounge 1 10-08-2011 06:02 AM
Got POETRY? Dr. Drib Writers' Corner 36 04-02-2009 11:18 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:14 AM.


MobileRead.com is a privately owned, operated and funded community.