Still working on the design for the Moby Dick project, still using “Bartleby” as my sample text.
Today I worked on generating a format for the page headers. Each “page” corresponds to a blog entry, and offers about 3 screens’ worth of text. This unit was chosen arbitrarily, to allow frequent commenting, and simply to break up the text. I’m still not completely satisfied with the page headers in terms of color or font, but the orientation of the text is correct.
In the finished book, chapter titles will replace the story title in the heading for each page. This will serve the same function a running head does in a printed book. I’m not fully decided on how to handle chapter titles. I think I’m going to make them their own separate level of heading, underneath the page headers. That will have to be tomorrow’s project; I’ve run out of time for today.
I chose Baskerville for the main text font. If you don’t have Baskerville on your computer, it should be replaced with Times or Times New Roman.
Obviously, there’s still a lot of work to do: creating the navigation and links section in the toolbar to the right; making a masthead, and trying some other things that will make this thing “feel” more like a book. However, the text design will really comprise the bulk of the work. Flowing the text of the book into the completed design form should go quite quickly.
Feedback, as always, is welcome.