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What Can The Techies Bring To This

Page history last edited by Nic Gibson 15 years, 6 months ago

There are a few people coming along (me, for example) who are techies. Most of the topics we have so far are non-technical.  So, I've been wondering if there is anything that us techies might have to say that would be of interest to people coming along.


As an example, I've spent much of the last two years working for Penguin on getting their backlist (and, more recently, frontlist) converted to XML and eBook formats (IDPF ePub specifically).  As such I've got a fair amount of knowledge squirreled away about the best practices in creating eBook content and approaches to dealing with book content in XML. I'm more than happy to talk about this sort of thing. I'd like to know if anyone is interested in hearing it.


(I know that is a fairly late time to bring this up - January failed to be quite as quiet as expected).

Comments (3)

Alan Trotter said

at 2:57 pm on Jan 14, 2009


One of the things I'd like to hear people talk about is how out of copyright material could be better delivered to readers. It's great that Project Gutenberg and Wikisource and others are making literature freely, easily available, but it's a shame that instead of putting things in a txt file or into unformatted HTML they (or someone like them) are not making properly tagged XML files (and feeding everything into a robust, easy-to-read default template).

It would be great if somebody who had more knowledge than I do about XML (embarrassingly little) would come to our chat to discuss that.

Nic Gibson said

at 11:48 am on Jan 15, 2009

I'm more than happy to talk (endlessly) about this sort of thing. I'll bring some XML and eBook content along with me.

Billy Abbott said

at 3:42 pm on Jan 15, 2009

As another techie I'll be interested in talking about this kind of thing. I'm especially interested in tools to make it easier for people to create their own ebooks from random text (Gutenberg being the main one I've played with).

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