technology components posts

All About INK (explained with cake)

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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Where we are with File Conversion

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…

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What is XSweet

XSweet is the suite of XSL scripts that produce HTML Typescript. The purpose is to first transfer the content from MS Word to HTML, carry over as much descriptive information as possible regarding the structural attributes of the content, and finally to rationalise the structural information to assist further manual or automated structuring down the…

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A Typescript for the Web

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 For many years, since the advent of desktop publishing, the hand-typed typescript has been replaced by Microsoft Word documents.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…

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[tech post] CSS and Drop Caps

The first of many tech blog posts. This one by Coko CSS guru Julien Taquet. As well as doing all the CSS work on the Coko site Julien also does CSS book design for BookSprints.net   Once upon a time, there was a letter at the start of the first paragraph of a text. It…

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