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Old 03-23-2009, 07:50 AM   #1
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What exactly is a location

I find it a little confusing. I can tell is has something to do with a part of the current page you are reading but what exactly is it. On some books there are 10 locations per screen...
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Old 03-23-2009, 09:39 AM   #2
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It is a byte count into the file, split into 128 byte chunks. It is used to locate bookmarks, highlighting etcetera.
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Old 03-23-2009, 10:30 AM   #3
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Gotya. I guess it was too difficult to just keep track of the locations some place else (or behind the scene and use simple page numbers...
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Old 03-23-2009, 10:46 AM   #4
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Page numbers wouldn't be consistent since text size can be changed; increasing or decreasing the total number of pages. I believe that's why location are used instead. They remain the same no matter the text size.
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Old 03-23-2009, 01:10 PM   #5
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Personally, I would prefer chapter + paragraph notation since it easily translates between editions.
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Old 03-23-2009, 01:15 PM   #6
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Personally, I would prefer chapter + paragraph notation since it easily translates between editions.
That's rather difficult to compute programmatically. How do you define a "chapter"?
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Old 03-23-2009, 01:20 PM   #7
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That's rather difficult to compute programmatically. How do you define a "chapter"?
It can be a section number as defined by the ToC.
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Old 03-23-2009, 01:32 PM   #8
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And what if the book doesn't have a TOC - eg a simple text file?
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Old 03-23-2009, 01:37 PM   #9
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And what if the book doesn't have a TOC - eg a simple text file?
Then it could use another method, like a location number. Frankly I'm surprised that each format seems to only have one method available. Why not support multiple methods that appeal to different people and applications?
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Old 03-23-2009, 01:39 PM   #10
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Even "paragraph" can be a fuzzy concept, depending on how the book is formatted. Some "paragraphs" could be created by line breaks, or paragraph tags, etc. Jumping to a location is far easier programmatically than trying to calculate where you are in a chapter and paragraphs. Ebooks are more like scrolls than books with physical pages.
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Old 03-23-2009, 01:43 PM   #11
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Even "paragraph" can be a fuzzy concept, depending on how the book is formatted. Some "paragraphs" could be created by line breaks, or paragraph tags, etc. Jumping to a location is far easier programmatically than trying to calculate where you are in a chapter and paragraphs. Ebooks are more like scrolls than books with physical pages.
It's not fuzzy if you build it into the format.
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Old 03-23-2009, 01:51 PM   #12
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The format is derived from HTML. You can't expect people to reinvent the Mobipocket format after all these years.
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Old 03-23-2009, 02:38 PM   #13
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yea gosh darnit its rocket science
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Old 03-23-2009, 03:16 PM   #14
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It's not fuzzy if you build it into the format.
You are right, it doesn't need to be fuzzy if it is built into the format.
For example, it's not fuzzy in Kindle newspaper editions which specify sections, and articles, their titles, etc.
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Old 03-23-2009, 03:32 PM   #15
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Personally, I would prefer chapter + paragraph notation since it easily translates between editions.
I think the paragraph configuration easily can change between editions. I assume some spelling corrections also can be made between the editions but the error introduced by this will not be acceptable with the current scheme.
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