iBooks Author is a free app that allows you to create interactive eBooks for iOS devices. iBooks Author is simple to use and an appealing feature of the app is that media can be included in the iBook. An HTML widget allows you to create your own HTML tools to add extra functionality to an iBook. A limitation of iBooks Author is that you cannot embed a multi-page pdf into an ebook. You can create links to a website where a PDF is hosted, but you are then limited to reading the PDF when you have an active connection. I wanted to explore how to embed a pdf into an iBook using the HTML widget tool, so that PDFs can be included in the body of the book, and are not dependent upon an Internet connection. Continue reading
HTML 5 is the fifth major iteration of HTML or Hyper Text Markup Language. HTML is the markup language that uses markup tags to describe web pages. It is not a programming language. A browser then interprets the tags and then outputs a web page (including the text inside the tags). With all the new media capabilities and levels of interactivity we come to expect from any tech experience with our computer and mobile devices, HTML 5 was created to address these needs, and issues that HTML 4 had with these abilities. So what is HTML5 and what’s the big fuss? Continue reading
html2text is one of those tools that most people might not need very often, but when you do need it, it is indispensable. html2text, as the name implies, converts webpages (HTML) to plain old glorious text. That text, in turn, is also valid Markdown allowing you to convert back to HTML.
Via the indispensable blog, One Thing Well.