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Old 01-05-2009, 04:24 PM   #1
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Need help with wiki for Mobi

I have started a page in the wiki to compare the mobi features of the various readers. It will take me a long time to figure everything out so I thought I would ask for some help.

Mobi Comparison is the name of the page. I have three tables. The entries are fairly obvious but ask here if you don't understand. Another section may be appropriate for conversion tools but I haven't decided yet. There may be more differences than I have identified. If so please add lines. So far I have grouped all PDA's in the same column but it may be that that will need to change as well.

It is only a skeleton but hopefully when it gets filled in it will be useful for people needing to support MOBI.

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Old 01-05-2009, 07:43 PM   #2
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It is only a skeleton but hopefully when it gets filled in it will be useful for people needing to support MOBI.
I'd suggest ditching the codes and going with the actual names in the columns, and possibly "rotating" it, so that the devices are the rows. That's the way Wikipedia seems to do it for comparisons and it makes it easier to tell what's going on...

I noticed that the Kindle has "N" in the "PalmDOC support" row -- does that just mean that the Kindle doesn't support non-BOOKMOBI PalmDOC files, or does it actually mean that it doesn't support BOOKMOBI files with PalmDOC compression?
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Old 01-05-2009, 08:51 PM   #3
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I'd suggest ditching the codes and going with the actual names in the columns, and possibly "rotating" it, so that the devices are the rows. That's the way Wikipedia seems to do it for comparisons and it makes it easier to tell what's going on...

I noticed that the Kindle has "N" in the "PalmDOC support" row -- does that just mean that the Kindle doesn't support non-BOOKMOBI PalmDOC files, or does it actually mean that it doesn't support BOOKMOBI files with PalmDOC compression?
Thanks for the suggestions. All of the other wiki tables in mobileread put the devices across the top. I will look into ditching the coded entries for a while unless the table gets too wide. For now it would be fine.

It seems that Amazon has failed to interpret the TEXt format as a legal format for reading. They could easily fix this but seem to have chosen not to I believe. Or perhaps they only ignore the .pdb extension. Someone will have to test this by changing the extension and trying it. I have found, for example, that they will read html files if they have a .txt extension so their parser seems a bit brain dead. I don't own one of these units so I am only reporting information from the forum where someone said they tried to read a palmdoc file and it would not work, but that was before I learned how dumb their parser was.

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Someone will have to test this by changing the extension and trying it. ... I don't own one of these units so I am only reporting information from the forum where someone said they tried to read a palmdoc file and it would not work, but that was before I learned how dumb their parser was.
I'll test anything in my Kindle or Blackberry 8700C (older Blackberry). Just point me at a test-case file. Speaking of which, seems like it would be a good idea to have a set of test-case files in the wiki to use to verify future devices.
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I have added a OpenInkPot column and filled in some FBReader, Hanlin, iLiad and Kindle entries. Please check the changes. I may have overwritten recent changes to other columns.
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Is anyone using uBook for MOBI? This is a potential addition to the tables.

Stanza for iPhone may also be a better choice than Stanza Desktop. Anyone willing to fill in the SZ column?
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Thanks for the suggestions. All of the other wiki tables in mobileread put the devices across the top. I will look into ditching the coded entries for a while unless the table gets too wide. For now it would be fine.
Hmm. Maybe all the other tables should be changed too? Well, you know, eventually . I'm guessing that's why Wikipedia does it the other way. With enough devices, even codes would eventually result in too wide a table. Doing it the other way just means splitting into more tables based on logical categories of features.

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Oh, ok. Because that row is right below the "HUFF/CDIC compression" row, I was concerned it might mean that the Kindle didn't support PalmDOC compression, which would be... weird.
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Is anyone using uBook for MOBI? This is a potential addition to the tables.

Stanza for iPhone may also be a better choice than Stanza Desktop. Anyone willing to fill in the SZ column?
Stanza for the iphone does not support Mobipocket. It does support eReader. There is no iPhone application that supports Mobipocket native code.

I have added a column for uBook. Thanks for catching that, I had forgotten that one and a search for mobi did not turn it up since the description calls it prc.

Irex Digital Reader also supports MOBI. I assume it is the same as the iLiad. Does anyone know for sure?

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rex Digital Reader also supports MOBI. I assume it is the same as the iLiad. Does anyone know for sure?
I think the initial release is close (or identical) to the iLiad's, but improvements are coming for the DR only. See Update 1.5 coming in January!.
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I think the initial release is close (or identical) to the iLiad's, but improvements are coming for the DR only. See Update 1.5 coming in January!.
good to know. I guess when it comes out we'll have to put in a column for it. Do the list of differences cover the ground? Or am I nitpicking them?

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I have added / corrected features for uBook and the MobiPocket Reader.
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Hi Dale,

I'm no good at editing the Wiki, but I've spotted a couple of errors relating to the CyBook:

- It allows you to switch between left and full justification.
- It does support hyphenation.

Could you add a "supports hard page breaks" line in the "Reading features" table, please? It really bugs me that some implementations of Mobi (eg FBReader) don't support this!

Thanks!
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Doesn't Bookshelf? (non-DRM'd Mobi only)
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