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Oh! Please Avoid Those Page Breaks After

The page-break-after:avoid rule just doesn't do its job! Can we fix it? Yes we can.

You all know it to be true. The one really annoying thing about the re-flowable ePub, is that you are often seeing those sub-titles all on their own at the bottom of the page. Just like a lonely orphan.

You can see an example in the first image here.

CSS has some rules for paged-media that try to prevent a page breaking before or after elements. Try as I might, I simply cannot get this do as expected.

So is there a way to sort this out while we wait for the ereader software to be updated to solve this? Or do we really have to use the fixed-layout option. No!No! Please not that.

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Posted on 17 Dec 2014 around 5pm • Tagged with: CSS | Design | eBooks | Ideas | Typography | Permanent link to this article

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Small Caps in Headings, Titles and Proper Nouns.

Forgive me for not posting here for a while!

I had an interesting debate with one of my students about using Small-Caps in titles and headings, and I thought I should follow this up, with some fruitful reading, searching and experimenting!

The question is this:

If you want to use small-caps as a style in headings, titles, or proper nouns, then should the first letter be a full capital or should it be only set in the small-caps style.

Is it better to see:

New York

or

new york

 

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Posted on 12 Dec 2014 around 12pm • Tagged with: CSS | Design | eBooks | Ideas | Typography | Permanent link to this article

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eBook Typography at the London Book Fair 2013

My talk during the 'Love Learning' Seminars at the London Book Fair 2013, had a large audience. If any of you are reading this - apologies that I over-ran my time slot and skipped over a few slides towards the end!

So much to say on this topic - hard to fit into a 50 minite slot.

Note: I presented from a PDF inside the iBooks app on the iPad. Just sweeping through the slides but double-tapping to enlarge images within the pages. This seems a very visually rich way to present and being already inside the iBooks app means that we can demonstrate eBooks from the library easily. There is less control than with Keynote. I did use Keynote to create the presentation but then exported out to PDF.

I post here a PDF of the slides. Audio will be added when I can get round to editing this in a few days.

 

Posted on 17 Apr 2013 around 9am • Tagged with: Ideas | Permanent link to this article

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The configuration setting for iBooks has Full-Justification switched on

Please don’t Justify me!

In the iBooks app on the iPad the user has control over the justification. Well, that is, by default justification is turned on. Users can turn that off - but they probably don't! ‘cos they don‘t know where to find it.

How can eBook designers get the kind of alignment they prefer, and make the eBook stay like that?

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Posted on 22 Nov 2012 around 6pm • Tagged with: eBooks | Ideas | Typography | Permanent link to this article

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iBooks3 - spotting some differences

I have updated my eBook eBook Typography for Flowable eBooks, on the iBooks store.

The recent update to the iBooks app (this arrived the same time as the announcement for the iPad Mini), was causing a few oddities in the book. On investigating and experimenting, here is what I discovered.

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Posted on 26 Oct 2012 around 2pm • Tagged with: Ideas | Permanent link to this article

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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 11am • Tagged with: Ideas | Permanent link to this article

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