On Tue, Nov 25, 2014 at 6:34 PM, Dominic McDevitt-Parks <mcdevitd(a)gmail.com>
You have a good point, though. One of the differences
and most other platforms is that it is actually richly formatted. It's kind
of a shame to strip all that formatting information out when extracting the
transcriptions. (Though many destinations wouldn't know what to do with
formatted text anyway.)
I think this is a crucial issue.
Many projects do give you the possibility to download a .txt, which is ok
for digital preservation, but I challenge anyone to actually read a book in
I believe that accessibility is having good ebooks accessible and readable
on numerous devices.
IMHO, what Tpt has done with his EPUB tool is remarkable: a nice, quick
tool for generate fairly formatted ebooks, allow readers to actually read
an ebook on a Kindle or a Kobo (or a tablet). It also work both with Index
and ns0 books. The problem is that it's not perfectly formatted, of course,
and it's not integrate within MediaWiki.
When I put the link to the ebook converter directly in the Header template,
stats skyrocketed : in few weeks we had thousands of downloads. (see it
So, readibility is one big issue. We are here to be read.
Structured formats it's good for export, integration with different
libraries, standardisation, and so on. It's fundamental, I think, for the
development of the whole project. if we convince the WMF to put some
permanent staff time, many things could be achieved :-)
PS: the script it's bad, I warn you, bit that's what I come up so far. I
hope to improve it in the next weeks. If you can make it better, please do