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Evita Mornin'
would Active Ebook work with Mozilla?
I'm totally new at this, Have a book in my head and I need to know the best, and easiest way to put it together.  I don't have, or know, Word or Powerpoint.
I want to have images and possible audio in the book.
What program would be easy and inexpensive to use,
that would be compatible with Active Ebook?


Posted on: 4:46 pm on February 15, 2005
Alaska Evita -

Activ uses the same Windows components that IE uses, even if your user has a different browser for surfing.

 As far as building your pages goes, a lot of folks use Word to generate their web pages.   Word creates web page code full of extraneous XML and proprietary markup, intended for users who want to re-import the web pages back into Word again.

 If you use Word, you might want to visit this first link, which provides a 'clean html' option.  I would also recommend running a cleanup utility on those pages.  You'll have a much smaller set of files, and thus a smaller, faster ebook.

Here are two free utilities, one from MS itself: a Word Html filter:


and TidyHTML, a nice cleanup and formatting utility:


Both Dreamweaver and FrontPage accepts Word html, and can clean them up as well.

 There are also several free html editors of varying quality; Arachnophilia, 1st Page, and HtmlKit are the first to come to mind.

 As far as audio goes, html allows you to play some embedded sounds; you've no doubt encountered sites that start some sound or music upon opening.  Search Google for 'html embedded sound' and you'll find a lot of examples.

Sunil also has a multimedia add-on, the 'Advanced Multimedia Extension', available at the 'EBookPower' link at the bottom of this page, to make the process of adding sounds easier.

best -

Posted on: 8:39 pm on February 18, 2005


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