Bookworm running in emacs w3m

By Liza Daly
February 17, 2009 | Comments: 3

Nice to see some old-school text-based browser action, and as Bookworm was written exclusively using emacs, it seems appropriate:

Emacs / Bookworm screenshot by Kamen Nadev

Screenshot via kamen.nadev.

This isn't just geek cred, though. For the same reasons that the site is usable in a text browser, I've gotten reports that it is equally usable with screen readers and other assistive technologies. We have a few tweaks to make to improve the screen-reading experience, mostly related to text positioning, but one blind user told me that it was already "quite accessible."

3 Comments

It's an excellent news, fantastic

Is there an epub "extension" or "mode" for emacs?

Also, we have a number of books in emacs/latex and was wondering if you have any ideas on how to convert them to epub?

There isn't an epub mode (you'd need to call out externally to a 'zip' executable), but it's certainly possible. I've thought about it for sure.

The closest thing I've found is using oXygen to edit epubs; it will parse and validate most of the XML and open and re-close the epub on the fly. But of course, it's no emacs.

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