Some of you may be aware of the book The Utah Knowltons by Ezra Clark Knowlton. The reason I say “some of you” is I’m not sure who is going to be reading this post. I’m discovering that the Knowltons are scattered far and wide across the country.
Anyway, I’m under the impression that the book is out of print, which is a shame. But the book is a great resource for anyone whose Knowlton roots spread to Utah. Because I think that the book is such an important resource, I have begun a project to transcribe it into a format that will allow the family easy access to it.
Many of you are familiar with HTML, the language in which most web pages are written. HTML is a structured markup language. Really all that means is that the text of a particular document is enclosed between markers which indicate the beginning and ending of a particular element of that document. So, for example, if your document has a first-level heading (often used for the document title) the HTML markup of the heading would look like this:
<h1>This is a first-level heading</h1>.
Well, as useful as HTML is as a structured markup language, there are other languages, built on the same principles, for which there exist a number of tools for transforming the structured markup into something else. One of those languages is DocBook, a structured markup language designed primarily for creating technical documentation, but broadly designed enough that it can be used for many types of documents and books. DocBook has tools available to allow the transformation of the marked-up file to PDF, readable with Adobe’s Acrobat Reader, or HTML, so that it can be served on the web and viewed easily in a web browser such as Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox.
I’ve started the project with those chapter that are the most relevant to my part of the family, namely Sidney Algernon Knowlton and Benjamin Franklin Knowlton. In the near future I should be able to post PDF and maybe HTML versions of those chapters to broschinsky.org. I’ll post here from time to time to keep you up-to-date on my progress.
In the meantime, feel free to drop me a line, or leave a comment here.