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Hyphenation in iBooks

September 5th, 2010 | 8 Comments | Posted in ePublishing

UPDATE: Since iBooks Version 1.2 there is no need for any Javascript hacks. iBooks does hyphenation natively.

The iBooks eReader Software for iPad and iPhone does currently not do any automated hyphenation. To add to the problem iBooks comes with a default setting that forces body text to justified alignment. Typesetting guys seem to agree that justified text and no hyphenation is a no-go.

Rick Gordon asked on Twitter if it was possible to use the Javascript based Hyphenator. As iBooks is based on WebKit it should be possible. So I did a test and it works fine. See the results here:

iBooks Javascript Hyphenation Justified

It also looks better with left aligned text:

iBooks Hyphenation Left AlignedI am not sure if such an ePub will make it into the iBookstore. You will have to try for yourself. Matteo asked for a demo ePub to see how this is done.  You can download the Hyphenation ePub Demo and take a look at the code. It is fairly simple, just stick to the hypenator documentation. The hyphenation ePub validates epubcheck 1.0.5. I also tested it in Adobe  Digital Editions but it does not seem to work there.

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Are We All Idiots?

February 10th, 2010 | No Comments | Posted in Miscellaneous

Long time no posts on this blog. But this was so funny, I had to laugh out loud:

How to confuse an idiot.

(found this on


Rage Against Acer – Windows XP on X1700

February 23rd, 2009 | 5 Comments | Posted in Miscellaneous

As my Computer (AMD Sempron) got a little outdated I searched for a replacement and bought an Acer X1700. It came with Vista x64 pre-installed. As I need some Apps that just don´t work well on Vista, especially not on 64-bit Vista I decided to make a Windows XP parallel install. more about Acer X1700 and Windows XP

Google turns whole internet into malware

January 31st, 2009 | 2 Comments | Posted in Miscellaneous

It seems Google has some kind of a problem. Currently I don´t know if they got hacked or just have an internal problem. The state of things is that google returns all searches with malware warnings. So google finally found out that the whole Internet is one big bunch of malware ;.). I am going to update this post as i gather new Information.

Update1: It seems the syndrome has been discovered – googles outsourced malware partner,, has gone down.

Update2: stopbadware claims to be innocent! see: StopBadWare Blog

Update3: Official Statement form Google (Essentialy they blacklisted “/” )

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Paragliding in Castelluccio

January 28th, 2007 | No Comments | Posted in Paragliding

Castelluccio FogIn September 2005 and 2006 we have been Paragliding in Castelluccio (Italy,Umbria). In Castelluccio I always feel like beeing on another planet. Every morning there is fog in the crater of Castelluccio. Besides being a wonderfull and remote landscape, its an ideal place for soaring along the hills with your Paraglider. Be warned, its nothing for the faint heart, as the winds often get quite strong. More »

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How to list numeric file permissions on Linux

January 25th, 2007 | 5 Comments | Posted in How-To

Anybody who installs php or cgi scripts on linux webservers knows, that you often have to adjust the permissions for the script files or folders. In the majority of cases the guidelines for the permission settings are documented for those scripts in numeric notation. (for example: 755 or 777 etc.) More »

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Google Germany Hijacked

January 23rd, 2007 | 2 Comments | Posted in Miscellaneous

Google Germany HijackedJust got the info from my friend Matthias that has been hijacked. It seems they forgot to renew ;.): More »

Poisoned Duty – Ancient Music

January 21st, 2007 | 2 Comments | Posted in Music

Update: Our Band has a name now and its own website. See for more…

Poisoned Duty is a song I wrote at the age of 14 or so. As my English was even worse in those days than it is nowadays, the lyrics are quite mazy. At that time i thought I would never be able to live up to the expectations of society. (Today I know I don´t have to ;.). More »

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