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Old 02-06-2012, 06:59 AM   #131
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Most e-readers only let you read HTML by running it through a conversion to epub - the version of HTML they implement seems to be strictly HTML 2.0-type stuff, and a restricted subset thereof, too.
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Old 02-06-2012, 07:06 AM   #132
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PDFs can also be hyperlinked, and indeed many RPG publications are (the Pathfinder core rulebooks spring to mind). They can also have detailed tables of contents with live links to each section.

No, a lot of ereaders don't have browsers of any sort. That kind of thing assumes your reader has wifi or 3G. The browsers that are available on eInk readers (the sort that ePub would be ideal for) tend to refresh slowly, which might make navigating a wiki somewhat painful.

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I know about hyperlinked PDFs, and trust me, it's not even remotelly the same thing. The thing with a tiddlywiki is that you have small sections (D or E heads, in SJGames speak) and you reference them directly. The page doesn't reload, because the whole thing is a SINGLE HTML document. It's displayed by Javascript (using jquery IIRC, in order to make development easy, and forget about the differences between browsers). It might take a while to load, but once loaded, you should be set. Can anyone with an e-in reader that has a browser point it to http://tiddlywiki.org/ ? The site is a tiddlywiki.

Anyway, e-ink e-readers will have decent browsers in a not so far future, and I wasn't recomending this format mainly for e-ink readers, but for other devices where PDF doesn't work that well, such as 7" tablets, smartphones, PCs,... The main benefit is that it can be asy to simply have the tiddlywiki import new information, and so you have your basic set tiddywiki, you import your Powers tiddywiki, and you've got seamless integration of the advantages chapter.
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Old 02-06-2012, 07:15 AM   #133
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Most e-readers only let you read HTML by running it through a conversion to epub - the version of HTML they implement seems to be strictly HTML 2.0-type stuff, and a restricted subset thereof, too.
That's unfortunate, as it makes what I wrote above almost meaningless... However, AFAIK, the Kindle 4 (really cheap ATM), has a webkit based browser, and so it ought to support webpages decently, even the ones that require heavy javascript (i've been told that it can use web based gmail without issues).
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I know about hyperlinked PDFs, and trust me, it's not even remotelly the same thing. The thing with a tiddlywiki is that you have small sections (D or E heads, in SJGames speak) and you reference them directly. The page doesn't reload, because the whole thing is a SINGLE HTML document.
The only difference between that and a hyperlinked PDF (or a hyperlinked epub, or a hyperlinked HTML document that doesn't obscure most of its content with javascript tricks to prevent linear reading) is that in all the ones that aren't wiki-like, you can also read linearly in addition to walking links.

Walking links is good for reference, but not good for gaining familiarity with an work like an RPG book the first time through (for which linear reading is much better suited.)
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