This weeks links
India Amos (@Indiamos), Senior Content Producer, ePubs, at Amplify Education, led this week’s discussion on documenting workflow. Read the Storify edition here:
Following a spirited discussion on Twitter over how to hyphenate long names and words that don’t appear in dictionaries (so that they don’t run off the screen), a couple of solutions were proposed.
The first, from Colleen Cunningham Wnek (@bookdesigngirl), involves inserting soft hyphens (­) where breaks are allowed:
It’s been tested thoroughly, although not for a couple of years.
Then, this post was circulated:
It’s been tested thoroughly in browsers; what remains is for someone to dig into EPUB/MOBI use and see how it flies.
Cover images: image size and CSS sizing
Joshua Tallent is back with a post for DBW on cover images in EPUBs. He includes markup, CSS, and best practices for EPUB2 and EPUB3. It’s a valuable read:
New Kindle format: KFX?
Aaron Shepard posted about a new rendering system from Amazon: KFX. He’s been examining the new formatting features, and has discovered at least one unpleasant item: the introduction of a line space between indented paragraphs. If this holds true for all Amazon books, it’s a terrible development.
This feature set is applied by Amazon after a book is uploaded, so developers have no way to manage the situation. Here’s the post, dated September 21: