Friday, February 15, 2013
PostgreSQL doc epub
The other day Peter Eisentraut made a small commit that was probably little noticed, but I think is very useful. He added a few lines to the documentation system to enable building the Postgres documentation as an epub document. This is really quite nice. The great advantage of epub documents over things like PDFs is that they are reflowable, so that they are adaptable to devices with a wide range of form factors. They are also typically much smaller than PDFs. So now I can put the PostgreSQL docs on my Ebook device. I can scale the font up if necessary and still have it look sane. And I can put the same file on an Android device, or an iPhone or iPad. There are free epub readers for almost every smart mobile device around. It won't work on a Kindle but you can convert it to Kindle format using some free software. There is also an epub plugin for Firefox. So this is cool.