ePUB - What, Why, and How

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Accepted Session
Short Form
Scheduled: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 from 2:30 – 3:15pm in B304

Excerpt

ePUB is the open e-book standard. Building on previous open standards, the ePUB format allows for flexible and flowing documentation, perfect for viewing on a variety of devices where the forced page sizing of other formats fails. We'll crack open some ePUB files and take a look at the innards and then we'll check out some tools to make ePUB generation less painful.

Description

ePUB, the open e-book standard, is recognized by software and devices nearly unanimously (with exception of one device that starts with a “K”). I’ll describe the collection of standards that were brought together to develop the EPUB standard, and then we’ll talk about the structure of an ePUB document. I’ll go over some of the gotchas and reader peculiarities to watch out for (it wouldn’t be a “standard” without multiple interpretations!).

I’ll show you how to build an ePUB document from scratch, and then we’ll look at a few tools for making ePUB generation (and validation) easier. Once we’ve got a simple, straightforward document down, I’ll go into fun things like adding styles, images, and embedded fonts. Syntax highlighting in an e-book? Code samples that don’t break across pages? And at the end, we’ll put together an ePUB document with some jumbled chapter sequences, unlocking the unintentionally ultimate purpose of the standard: to create books in the style of Choose Your Own Adventure®.

Speaking experience

Speaker

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    Jason LaPier

    University of Oregon

    Biography

    Jason LaPier is a web developer and systems administrator for a small outreach center based at the University of Oregon. He learned PHP way back in the 20th century and these days does most of his work in Ruby and Ruby on Rails (when he’s not mired in meetings). He installs Ubuntu on anything he can get his hands on.

    Jason is also an aspiring fiction writer. In early 2011, he self-published a novel, which can be downloaded for a limited time at OpenBookFiction.com.

    Sessions

      • Title: ePUB - What, Why, and How
      • Track: Cooking
      • Room: B304
      • Time: 2:303:15pm
      • Excerpt:

        ePUB is the open e-book standard. Building on previous open standards, the ePUB format allows for flexible and flowing documentation, perfect for viewing on a variety of devices where the forced page sizing of other formats fails. We’ll crack open some ePUB files and take a look at the innards and then we’ll check out some tools to make ePUB generation less painful.

      • Speakers: Jason LaPier