An assignment for my students will be to create an eBook from a Shakespeare play. I thought I should go through some options of how a play could be marked-up with HTML5 and styled with CSS.
The texts of all of Shakespeare's plays are in the public domain and available from the Project Gutenberg web site as well as some other locations. The quality of these texts is variable.
I have tried various ways to use appropriate HTML, and it was not my intention to reproduce anything like the the First Folio that you see here, but rather make it clear which character is speaking which lines.
Seems like the presentation I gave at the London Book Fair was very popular! Well, the turn out was very good, with people unable to get in for lack of seats. So, here then I post up my presentation slides in PDF), in case anyone missed it.
Robert Louis Stevenson completed ‘The Merry Men’ when he lived in Bournemouth, England between 1884 and 1887. It was first published in 1887 with other short stories as ‘The Merry Men and Other Tales’.
First published in the IDLER, August 1894 and then later in a collection of essays titled ‘The Art of Writing’.
He started the first draft of “The Merry Men’ when he stayed in Scotland during the summer of 1881 and in his essay about the writing of ‘Treasure Island’ he mentions this fact.
The story takes place on the fictional Eilean Aros which Stevenson based on Eilean Earraid, a small islet near to the Ross of Mull and Iona. ‘The Merry Men’ are, in fact, the dangerous reefs known as the Torran Rocks.