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Coda has a terminal window. Here we see validating an ePUB. Success!

Using CODA to edit ePUBs

I have used the MAC editor Coda from Panic for a while as my preferred web site and template editor. I have recently been using it to edit ePUB innards.

Coda normally expects that you are editing a site on a server, or at least transferring onto a server after editing locally, so the configuration for a 'site' may not seem initially appropriate for editing ePUBs. Nevertheless, setting up a local folder is straightforward. In fact, you can set this up to be the root of the complete ePUB, thereby giving you the potential to edit the various XML files (package files and TOC files).

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Posted on 12 Oct 2012 around 12pm • Tagged with: Ideas | Permanent link to this article

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Using PIE to deliver CSS3

CSS3 provides some neat effects, like rounded corners and shadows, but InternetExplorer (before version 9) just ignores these CSS rules.

Is there a way to get Internet Explorer to conform?

Hopefully you are seeing the rounded corners and shadows, even if you are using Internet Explorer, because Jason Johnston has provided a solution and you can find out all about it on his web site: css3pie

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Posted on 04 Feb 2011 around 12pm • Tagged with: How to | Ideas | Web Technology | Permanent link to this article

Page or Leaf

What is the difference between a page and a leaf?

I was thinking of the word leaf and how it is not often used in relation to books and metaphors that we use in screen-media.

The page of a book is the surface on which words and pictures are presented. The leaf refers to the actual sheet. A leaf will have two pages - one on each side. We say in the English idiom:

Turn a new leaf

To mean, starting again in a positive way. Of course, this means turning two pages. Screens are only one sided but there are a variety of ebook systems that simulate the turning of a page. I wrote an article about this a while ago, so I make a link to it here.

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Posted on 22 Nov 2006 around 12am • Tagged with: Ideas | Print Technology | Permanent link to this article

Makezine has an Ancestor

I am very impressed and enthralled by 'Make'. [url=]The quarterly magazine, published by O'Reilly[/url], shows us how to make wonderfully useful things.

Rummaging through my father's old magazines, I found a big bunch of early issues of 'Practical Mechanics'. Here is a cover from one dated march 1937. So you see this is not a new idea, just that we have much more technology available to us in this century.

The cover story in this 1937 issue of 'Practical Mechanics' was Profitable Printing at Home. The article is, in part, a review of a small printing press invented by Donald Aspinall. I quote:

In 1922 he built his first machine, found it satisfactory, and put it on the market. It was named the "Adana" -an anagram of the initial letters of the inventor's name ....

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Posted on 23 Dec 2005 around 6pm • Tagged with: Ideas | Permanent link to this article

No Direction homepage

Back in 1970, I looked a bit like Dylan. It wasn't that I tried. My hair was long, curly and dark, and my modest diet gave me the gaunt look.

Last night, like many others of my generation, I reflected on those 'long hair' days, when I strummed along to 'Girl from the North Country', 'To Ramona' and 'My Back Pages'. The Martin Scorsese documentary - 'No Direction Home' was enthralling but also disappointing.

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Posted on 28 Sep 2005 around 9am • Tagged with: Ideas | Permanent link to this article

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