21 Flavors of Lorem Ipsum: How I built a book as a website and minted it as an NFT on Cardano

I’ve been working on a way to create literary NFTs, or at least NFTs with significant literary components, with HTML and CSS. Basically to demonstrate that NFTs aren’t just JPGs. They can also be books, articles, short stories, screenplays, musical scores, etc.

So far, I’ve minted an article, a four-page magazine template, and an album for the 04 variants of Atmosfear Destroyed. On Thursday, I minted the prototype of a book of 83,012 words.

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[publishing] just minted a 4-page HTML album. Now what?

Since I successfully minted an article as HTML, I’ve been working on list of formats I want to test. Thursday I minted my first “album” of 04 variants from my Atmofear Destroyed collection on Tezos. A four-page website with a home page, two gallery pages, and an About page.

This is web design, but it’s not like designing a normal website. All the files are stored on IPFS and being served from a p2p network. HTTPS protocol serves content from a central source, and browsers are built on HTTPS. The two protocols don’t always play nicely together.

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[publishing 3.0] trying to mint a website as an NFT on Cardano

I haven’t posted for a little while because I’ve gone down a creative rabbit hole trying to do something hard and have forgotten about the physical world. The one where I have to eat and talk to people and stuff.

So my brain is flickering with various types of code and what I’m trying to do hinges on a tenuous relationship between IPFS protocol and HTTPS-oriented browsers that don’t recognize it or know how to handle it properly yet. When there’s full browser support for this, it will all be easier.

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