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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
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    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 2:52 pm on July 28, 2016 Permalink
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    As part of the eLangdell download verify project I needed to get the the book title and pass it to the embedded form that’s being generated by JavaScript on the book page. I did this using drupal_get_title() to set a variable in PHP and then padding that to js as part of the Drupal settings array. Getting here took a bit of trial and error, but this approach works well.

  • Elmer Masters 2:33 pm on July 26, 2016 Permalink
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    Change coming to eLangdell Bookstore: requiring name, email, law school to download. We’re trying to get a handle on who is using the books and what schools they’re from.

  • Elmer Masters 8:43 pm on July 14, 2016 Permalink
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    On tap for tomorrow: new code for LTL, perma.cc fun on Clascaster, and verified downloads for eLangdell Bookstore.

  • Elmer Masters 11:23 pm on April 10, 2015 Permalink
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    Here’s the fastcase-opinions WordPress plugin on Github: https://github.com/CCALI/fastcase-opinions. You’ll need your own Fastcase API key.

  • Elmer Masters 2:10 pm on February 25, 2014 Permalink
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    Working on eLangdell Author. List of topics is a menu, selecting topic from menu will produce a list of cases. This is an AJAX thing that needs an API to hit.

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