• How to design your publications for embedding

Our publications are designed to be viewed ‘standalone’ in a browser window. Hence we add a skin, to give the results a finished look, and a interface to help your readers navigate easily.

Looking great as normal publication But less impressive when embedded
 

 

However, if you intend to only make your publication available by embedding it on your site then it doesn’t look always look so great. One of the reasons in the example above, is that the skin for the publication doesn’t match the skin of the site. But the menu bars also make the whole thing look cluttered.

In this case, you could consider the following changes to make the embedded result look better:

  • Remove the background image
  • Change the background color of the publication to the background image of your site
  • Remove the menu bars above and below the book
  • Remove the logo
  • Maximize the book size

This makes the publication look rather boring and barebone when viewed stand-alone. But it makes perfect sense when embedded to your site.

Rather primitive as a stand alone page But looking fine when embedded
 

 

The downside is, that some of the functionality that the menu bars offer becomes inaccessible, though your readers can still right-click on the pages to bring up a menu with some of the more important options: adding notes, printing, downloading and sharing, zoom and full screen. But if functionality like ‘search’ or ‘table of contents’ is crucial, then be mindful of what you remove!

Right clicking brings up a menu with the most important options

 

How to achieve this is mostly described in our articles Customizing the skin of your publications and Changing the publication's interface, but we will repeat the most important settings briefly below:

1. To remove the background image and change the background color of the publication to the background image of your site:

  • Go to the ‘Appearance’ section
  • Click on the small icon behind ‘Background image’ and choose ‘remove image’
  • Click on the colored square behind ‘Window background’ and select the color that you use for the area of your webpage where you will embed the publication on.

2. To remove the menu bars above and below the book:

  • Go to the ‘Controls’ section
  • Uncheck the checkboxes for ‘Bottom menu’ and ‘Top bar’.

3. To remove the logo:

  • Go to the ‘General’ section
  • Click on the small icon behind ‘Background logo’ and choose ‘Remove logo’.

4. To maximize the book size:

  • Go to the ‘Book’ section
  • Set the ‘Book size’ slider to 100%.
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