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Re: EPUB-Experiences making them?


From: L Snider
Date: Dec 5, 2014 7:28AM

Hi Alastair,

Thanks! The problem here is I am not starting with HTML, which from what I
read and hear makes things more complex. I can see that (X)HTML>ePub would
work quite well.

Calibre looks great, it seems to do a lot. However, it only does ePub 2.0
(and won't touch 3.0+ unless someone else does it and submits it)...My
understanding is that ePub 3.0 is more accessible?

Thanks for sharing those experiences, appreciate it!



On Fri, Dec 5, 2014 at 4:47 AM, Alastair Campbell < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:

> Duff Johnson wrote:
> > Don't author tables, lists, paragraphs, etc that span pages. Unlike PDF,
> > EPUB has (so far as I am aware, happy to be corrected) no means of
> > associating semantic structures that span multiple pages.
> >
> I'm fairly sure that is not the case, although it depends on how you author
> it, and how you read it.
> I've authored all of one epub so far [1], and I started by creating a basic
> HTML website, with headings, paragraphs, images, links, and tables. The
> core format is based on XHTML, with many peculiarities. Once I'd packaged
> an epub, I used Calibre to finish it and create a .mobi version.
> I think some of the confusion comes from the tools, which vary in how they
> deal with things. For example, InDesign would (I assume) lead you to a more
> page-oriented approach, and iBooks author definitely does. InDesign allows
> for structure, iBooks author doesn't even do headings as far as I can tell.
> On the client side, I found some annoying differences between iBooks and
> Kindle apps, where iBooks skips alt text, and Kindle doesn't announce
> headings. Something I did in the CSS that works fine for websites seemed to
> fix the textsize in iBooks (but not Kindle).
> The core format (XHTML) obviously supports the basics, but the current
> user-agent support is all over the place, just from a bit of testing.
> The accessible epub book someone mentioned was helpful, but it was the
> basic "how do you package an epub" that is really fiddly. Calibre is very
> helpful if you've taken the hand-coding approach.
> Cheers,
> -Alastair
> 1] http://www.nomensa.com/insights/improving-travel-website-accessibility
> > > >