If we can make books in browsers, we can also make cover too in the browser too, right?
Designing book covers in the browser
Smashing conferences coming in 2018
ebookcraft 2018 call for proposals (Toronto, March 2018)
Unfolding the @page
Let’s say you need to make a poster and you need to give to the client the possibility to change a few things on this poster, like the date, or even the title. HTML can be the right way to go: it works in all browsers, it does not need any particular applications to be installed, fonts and colours are already set up by a professional designer, and the pdf will be ready for print without any problems.
Making books with HTML + CSS — a look at Vivliostyle (Part 1 – page layouts)
A Bag Full of Stories
As we wander the internet, gathering images, videos and text to make stories, how do we carry them back to camp, how do we share them with our community?
Call for Proposals – ebookcraft2017, Toronto, Canada 22-23 March
Playing with letters
… and then came CSS3 and the possibility of telling stories using different forms of letters.
Books In Browsers VII and An Event Apart (Oct-Nov 2016)
31 October – 2 November 2016, San Francisco
An Event Apart – three days of design, code and content includes three events of special interest to Paged Media followers:
What books can learn from the Web / What the Web can learn from books
Yet despite the overwhelming flow of information on the Web, there is still something about a book that holds a special weight and importance. I don’t think this is just nostalgia, either.
Latest commentsI'm really looking forward to seeing what CaSSius, Vivliostyle and similar open-source in-browser layout engines can do. For the demanding book-publishing PDF layouts we do, we use PrinceXML, which is proprietary. It is excellent, so it's worth checking out, but it's also important to support open-source alternatives in the meantime, so that one day we'll all have FOSS options with matching features.
CaSSius: heavyweight typesetting with lightweight technology2017-08-08 17:51:17 Arthur Attwell
We welcome contributions which focus on creating beautiful ebooks in the browser using HTML >> send to firstname.lastname@example.org
CaSSius: heavyweight typesetting with lightweight technology2017-08-04 06:10:32 Raewyn Whyte
Touche. Sound arguments. Keep up the good spirit.
Playing with letters2017-08-04 04:31:24 ig
I just came across your website and it is perfect for where I am right now. I handle 2 online medical journals and work with JATS files. I am trying to find the best and most cost effective solution for going from XML to PDF. We are currently typesetting everything by hand in Indesign, but it takes a lot of time and money to do. I have been building a PHP library that parses the XML into HTML for various stages of the process, but I really want to start working on a workflow that automates most of it. I've also been messing around with converting to markdown and using pandoc to convert. I am wondering if you have any suggestions for me as you seem to be in the thick of it all. I am really good with CSS so it is very appealing to me to go this route. Thank you for the great articles!
CaSSius: heavyweight typesetting with lightweight technology2017-07-11 18:57:44 Jonathan Shroyer
hey Eric, Weasyprint is pretty interesting and we are hoping to get some posts about it. Would you be interested in writing something?
CaSSius: heavyweight typesetting with lightweight technology2016-10-07 06:05:33 adam hyde
In 1998, I did this with Framemaker. Fun times. More recently, I've done this with the python package xhtml2pdf, whose github repo now says "Use Weasyprint" which appears to have a lot of the functionality you're hoping for. http://weasyprint.org/ You have to do JATS->HTML for web; makes sense to use the same toolchain for print.
CaSSius: heavyweight typesetting with lightweight technology2016-10-03 14:28:15 Eric Hellman
You’re right Dave, thanks for this insight! What’s also interesting is to see how the CSS working group chose to go along the Adobe road to describe the drop cap. For now the attribute is not really supported, but let’s keep an eye on this. https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/CSS/initial-letter And, while looking at it W3C also thought of the alignment of those drop cap. Maybe we can start to think about hanging punctuation. https://drafts.csswg.org/css-inline/#aligning-initial-letter
Drop Cap : A smallest history of the drop cap2016-09-22 17:49:09 Julian Taquet
Note the CSS Working Group now has a proposal for declarative drop caps: https://drafts.csswg.org/css-inline/#initial-letter-styling This has already been shipped by Apple (with a -webkit- prefix). It's currently being implemented in Firefox.