XSweet 1.0!

We have 1.0 of the docx -> HTML transformation tool XSweet out today! It also has a new site:

http://xsweet.coko.foundation/

XSweet is a finely crafted tool. It takes docx files, those horrible mangy MS Word files, and translates them into clean, lovely, HTML. XSweet is open source, modular, and very nicely done.

A huge tip of the hat to Wendell Piez (XML guru), and to Alex Theg. As geeky as it sounds, I loved watching these two chat about the issues they encountered making this software. The attention to detail was really unbelievable. Amazing work. XSweet is a finely crafted tool.

More info on Coko https://coko.foundation/announcing-xsweet-1-0/

If you want to do a deep dive into why I think this is important, I wrote this some time ago – https://www.adamhyde.net/typescript-redistributing-labor/

PagedMedia Page Floats

Some time ago I employed Julie Blanc from my Shuttleworth Fellowship to work for the PagedMedia project. Julie has been doing amazing work and just today released this incredible article about Page Floats:

Paged Media approaches : page floats

With a running demo app: http://demos.pagedmedia.org/page-floats/

Really amazing stuff. Please share it widely!

(Julies demo code is here – https://gitlab.pagedmedia.org/JulieBlanc/demo-page-floats)

Two new PagedMedia Posts

One from Nellie McKesson on her awesome new project Hederis.

https://www.pagedmedia.org/introducing-hederis-and-why-we-care-so-much-about-pagination/

And another from Erich van Rijn about Editoria and pagination.

https://www.pagedmedia.org/editoria-building-a-book-in-a-browser/

Great Post by Arthur Attwell

Arthur Attwell is a friend and I’ve also been a fan of his work for a very long time (ever since his amazing work with Paperright  https://story.paperight.com/author/arthurattwell/ ). He just posted an awesome post on Paged Media about his new project – Fire and Lion – and their paged media workflow…

Book production with CSS Paged Media at Fire and Lion

Paged Media Photos

From yesterday. Will post also to pagedmedia.org

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Arthur Attwell presenting
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Slide from Arthur’s presentation showing his Electric Book workflow
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CSS guru Dave Cramer presenting
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CSS Love from D.C
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Slide from Julien Taquet showing BookJS in action (still!)
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Julien Taquet
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Nellie McKesson presenting some of her work and experiments
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OpenStax slide from Kathi Fletcher
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Kathi Fletcher
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Dan Fauxsmith (OReilly)
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Editoria in action
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Erich van Rijn presenting Editoria
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Hugh McGuire (PressBooks)
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Julie Blanc (PagedMedia) presenting an overview of strategies
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Slide from Julie
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Fred Chasen (PagedMedia) demoing his experiments