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Re: Request for partecipating in the project

From: Tim Cross
Subject: Re: Request for partecipating in the project
Date: Mon, 23 Dec 2019 11:03:55 +1100

There is no single ebook-friendly format. Different ebook readers are better/worse with different formats (mobi, epub, etc). Therefore, we probably need to be a little more explicit when talking about ebook formats.

One of the advantages of some ebook formats, such as epub, is that they can be more accessible for the blind and vision impaired than PDF or even HTML. There are at least two packages I'm aware of which will allow epub formatted books to also be read directly in Emacs. 

My experience with Calibre is that the quality of the output you get depends on both the quality of input (e.g. poorly structured or poorly tagged PDFs will result in poor conversion) and on the settings of Calibre itself (of which there is quite a lot). I'm not sure how well Emacs documentation will convert. My experience with PDFs generated from Latex is not good as Latex is very weak with respect to accessibility and generating modern tagged PDF documents.

On Mon, 23 Dec 2019 at 09:01, Marcin Borkowski <address@hidden> wrote:

On 2019-12-22, at 22:38, arthur miller <address@hidden> wrote:

> Skickat från min Samsung Galaxy-smartphone.
>> The ebook format allows you to consult the > manual with a smartphone, tablet or epub-> > reader.
> Both my smartphone and my tablet read Emacs manual perfectly fine in html format in browser, and I am sure if I wanted to read manuals in pdf format they would work perfectly fine too. What does epub brings that html or pdf does not? Personally I don't even like pdf.

AFAIK, ebook readers can render HTML, but work much better with
dediacted formats.

FWIW, I converted the Emacs manuals to an ebook-reader-friendly format
many years ago, and automatic conversion resulted in a very poor
experience.  If someone volunteers to do a better job than Calibri, I'm
all for it!!!


Marcin Borkowski



Tim Cross

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