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by Jason LaPier
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 (R).
21st–24th June 2011