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  • Elmer Masters 3:25 pm on November 28, 2017 Permalink
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    Turns out that all the end notes need to be converted into proper Pressbooks footnotes or else they aren’t properly picked up in the cloning process. Since the cloning feature is a center piece of the Lawbooks site, the footnotes need to be properly converted.

  • Elmer Masters 8:41 pm on November 27, 2017 Permalink
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    It’s all about the footnotes in converting Sources of AmLaw to Lawbooks. It was pretty straight forward to get the links to the notes in place through search and replace. The return links need to be done by hand because of structural changes to the book as it became a website. It’s a slog. This is going to be the tough part in the future conversions.

  • Elmer Masters 8:55 pm on November 16, 2017 Permalink
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    The HTML title element in each HTML in the EPUB needs to be set to the name of the chapter.

    Each of the eLangdell EPUB files has an HTML file for each chapter but the title element of the HTML is set to the title of the book. That means that every file has the same title. For importing into Lawbooks each title element should be set to the title of the chapter.

  • Elmer Masters 6:53 pm on November 16, 2017 Permalink

    The move from print to digital isn’t a simple matter of dumping files online

    I’ve know this for a long but it bears repeating: the biggest obstacle to moving eLangdell Press books to the Pressbooks platform is that the eLangdell books are built as print books. Pressbooks is a digital first platform intended to be used build digital resources. The transfer from print to digital, if done right, requires a fair amount of restructuring of the print artifact that results in a rebuilt digital work.

  • Elmer Masters 3:51 pm on November 16, 2017 Permalink
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    Notes on importing eLangdell into Lawbooks

    Trying 3 different file formats: HTML, EPUB, DOCX.
    The big question is which format requires the least amount of work to get into a well structured Pressbook.

    • HTML is the source doc from BB Ebooks. It’s a single file with basic styling and images. It imports as a single chapter into Pressbooks. Images and internal links are working, but it would take significant work to break it into chapters.
    • EPUB is the file generated by BB Ebooks. It imports as multiple chapters, all are named the same. Internal inks do not work.Footnotes do not work. Tables work. Images work. Significant would need to be done to get int oa proper Pressbooks format including renaming chapters, fixing internal links. Some of this could be done rather quickly by editing the EPUB in Sigil prior to importing.
    • DOCX is our original Word file updated to the latest Word file version. It imports as a single chapter into Pressbooks. Images and internal links are working. Formatting is a mess. Styles and colors are off. Layout is questionable. It might be possible to sort some of this out in the original Word file prior to import, but it would take a lot.

    My initial take is that EPUB is going to be the best format for importing, though it may be possible to work with the raw HTML as an alternative. The Word doc is not remotely ready for importing.

  • Elmer Masters 2:39 pm on November 16, 2017 Permalink  

    This morning I’m going to be working on lawbooks.cali.org, figuring out the best import path to get eLangdell® Press books into the Lawbooks system. Once there we’ll have pretty amazing API access to the book. We should be able to some real cool rip, mix, learn stuff.

  • Elmer Masters 10:35 pm on November 15, 2017 Permalink  

    Found the rule so new folks signing up get added to the CALIcon18 group when they validate the account with the link in the email.

  • Elmer Masters 10:04 pm on November 15, 2017 Permalink  

    New twist: new users not getting added to the conference, making it hard to create sessions for the conference. It’s kicking around in here somewhere.

  • Elmer Masters 9:12 pm on November 15, 2017 Permalink  

    Need to figure out how to link new sessions to the proper conference.
    I’m writing all this down so I know what to do next year and on and on.

  • Elmer Masters 9:03 pm on November 15, 2017 Permalink  

    Next up adding some `Propose a Session` button scattered around the site!

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