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Post #1 Posted: Mon Dec 21, 2020 6:51 pm 
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I think Go books in general should be interactive. Cos diagrams sometimes make it hard to follow. But I am only aware of SmartGoBooks.

Are there open-source alternatives? I want to translate some Chinese books and make them interactive.


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Post #2 Posted: Mon Dec 21, 2020 7:00 pm 
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xiaodai wrote:
I think Go books in general should be interactive. Cos diagrams sometimes make it hard to follow. But I am only aware of SmartGoBooks.

Are there open-source alternatives? I want to translate some Chinese books and make them interactive.


You can do so using a Wiki, such as Sensei's Library. https://senseis.xmp.net The main problem is that anybody can edit the pages. So make them as subpages to your home page. People can in theory edit those pages, but normally respect your writing. They may ask questions, which can help you to improve those pages. :) There is software that exists which allows you to control such pages, but I have not seen it online for decades.

Edit: I have not looked for it, but all you really need is something that lets you write in html, so that you can embed links in your pages. And, OC, you need to be able to make go diagrams.

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Post #3 Posted: Tue Dec 22, 2020 9:51 am 
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xiaodai wrote:
I think Go books in general should be interactive. Cos diagrams sometimes make it hard to follow. But I am only aware of SmartGoBooks.

Are there open-source alternatives? I want to translate some Chinese books and make them interactive.


Why not contact the publishers at SmartGo? They might be interested in adding titles to their libraries.

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Post #4 Posted: Tue Dec 22, 2020 11:27 am 
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The SmartGo format is open, I believe:
https://www.smartgo.com/pdf/gobookformat.pdf

I have a vague recollection of a web-based SmartGo books reader, too, but I can't find that URL at the moment.

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Post #5 Posted: Tue Dec 22, 2020 11:28 am 
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It also seems that SmartGo books are available in EPUB format, which can be read in a variety of apps
https://www.gobooks.com/epub.html.

Not sure what authoring that kind of EPUB would be like, though.

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Post #6 Posted: Fri Dec 25, 2020 12:11 pm 
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Note that Epub3 support is required. Unfortunately many programs do not support Epub3 or only very rudimentary.

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