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All About INK (explained with cake)

February 22, 2017
INK is Coko’s ingestion, conversion and syndication environment that converts content and data from one format to another, tags with identifiers and normalizes metadata. When an author or group of authors creates content, there is a fair bit of processing that needs to be done on the content in order to prepare it for publishing….

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Track Changes (Request for Comments)

February 13, 2017
We would like some feedback from you! In a recent Design Session, Cindy Fulton and Kate Warne (University of California Press) determined that their Editoria workflow required a ‘track changes’ feature. Their basic requirements were clean and simple:If the user adds text to the document: mark the text as an addition, and give it some color.If the user deletes existing text: annotate…

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Book on Open Source Product Development Method Released!

February 6, 2017
At the beginning of 2016, Coko was in search of a development methodology. There wasn’t one that we thought of as a good fit, so we invented our own! Originally called Collaborative Product Development, we renamed it to the Cabbage Tree Method (CTM).The Cab­bage Tree Method (CTM, for short) is a new way to cre­ate…

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Italics, Buenos Aires and Coko?

January 28, 2017
Part of the identity of The Collaborative Knowledge Foundation is the use of the free, libre and open source typeface called Montserrat. This typeface which is often compared to Proxima Nova for it’s charming utility, is a useful typeface, loved by many web and UI designers. We chose for the Montserrat typeface for its geometric but…

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Editoria Update

January 27, 2017
Editoria is the monograph production platform we are building with the University of California Press and the California Digital Library.  The following are some screenshots with short explanations by way of update on progress. First, it is good to understand the names of the components that comprise Editoria, they are:Dashboard – where the users of the…

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Where we are with File Conversion

January 24, 2017
There has been quite a bit of interest in our HTML-first strategy and how we manage file conversion. The general inquiries start with ‘isn’t converting from MS Word to HTML impossible?’ through to what technologies we use and our general approach.Well, we are pleased to report that conversion from MS Word to HTML isn’t impossible….

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A Typescript for the Web

December 5, 2016
In the days of the typewriter, a typescript was a typed copy of a work. The typescript copy was used for improving the document through the editorial process – for reviewing, commenting, fact and rights checking, revision etc.For many years, since the advent of desktop publishing, the hand-typed typescript has been replaced by Microsoft Word documents. This advanced…

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Coko Celebrates Year One

November 30, 2016
It is just over one year since Coko was formed and it’s been an amazing ride. We started with just two people (Adam and Kristen), a bold idea and not a lot of funds. The Coko team is now a fulltime team of 9 and a host of talented part-timers. We have two Open Source frameworks for…

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Editoria – Scholarly Monograph Platform

November 29, 2016
Since the second quarter of this year, we have been building a platform with the University of California Press and the California Digital Library. Initially, we were a small team – Kristen, Jure, and Adam – and we were tasked with designing and building an open source monograph production platform with our good friends at UCP and…

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Adam Hyde’s Blog

Coko CoFounder Adam Hyde has been writing some great things in his blog recently including thoughts about his time as Product Manager of Booktype and Founder of FLOSS Manuals. These are well worth reading. Also of interest are his posts on Editoria (which we will follow up shortly with more detail) and his notes on Collaborative Product…

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