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EPUB has been rapidly adopted as the open standard interchange and delivery format for eBooks and other digital publications based on XML and Web standards such as HTML and CSS. This talk will briefly ...

EPUB has been rapidly adopted as the open standard interchange and delivery format for eBooks and other digital publications based on XML and Web standards such as HTML and CSS. This talk will briefly explain the background of EPUB and the IDPF organization responsible for its standardization, and then focus in on EPUB 3, the forthcoming third major revision to EPUB. The talk will review the goals for EPUB 3, outline and demonstrate the major new features that it supports (rich media, interactivity, improved accessibility, more precise formatting, and more) and discuss the anticipated timeline for its finalization and adoption.

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Bill Mc Coy @ Ebook Lab Italia 2011 - Introducing the forthcoming major revision of the EPUB format (EPUB3) Bill Mc Coy @ Ebook Lab Italia 2011 - Introducing the forthcoming major revision of the EPUB format (EPUB3) Presentation Transcript

  • Introduc)on  to  IDPF  &  EPUB   Ebook  Lab  Italia   4  March  2011     Bill  McCoy
  • What  is  IDPF?   • Not  for  profit  Trade  and  Standards  organiza)on  with   over  175  members  from  25+  countries.   • All  working  together  to  advance  Digital  Publishing   Ecosystem   • Responsible  for  EPUB  Standard  
  • What  is  EPUB?   •  EPUB  is  the  interchange  &  delivery  format  for  digital   publica)ons  based  on  Web  Standards     •  EPUB  enables  structured,  accessible  content,   interoperable  between  devices  &  applica)ons,  for   downloaded  and  online  consump)on     •  Standard  developed  by  IDPF  since  1999     (OEBPS  1.x  became  EPUB  2.0  in  2007)     •  EPUB  =  XHTML  content  with  naviga)onal  structure  &   metadata,  in  a  ZIP-­‐based  package  
  • EPUB  Emphasis:  Dynamic  Layout   Content paginated “on the fly” based on screen size, resolution, user font size preferences, …4
  • EPUB  Industry  Adop)on  Timeline 2010   -­‐  Apple  iBooks   2009   -­‐  25+  eReaders   -­‐  Google:  1M  PD  EPUBs   -­‐  Sony  store  to  EPUB   -­‐  25+  smartphone  apps   2008     -­‐  B&N  Nook   -­‐  Most  Kindle  sales  from   )tles  ingested  as  EPUB   -­‐  AAP  endorses   -­‐  UK  PA  endorses   -­‐  EPUB  3  WG  chartered   2007     -­‐  EPUB  standardized     -­‐  Adobe  Digital  Edi)ons   -­‐  Adobe  InDesign   -­‐  Sony  Reader      
  • EPUB  3   Working  Group    chartered  May  2010  with  ambi)ous  goals   • Expand  EPUB  applicability  for  global  content   • Improvement  for  complex,  interac)ve,  media-­‐rich  )tles     –   Textbooks,  STM,  magazines   • Increase  Web  Standards  alignment  (HTML5)   • Improve  EPUB  conformance  &  accessibility   IDPF  WG  has  been  global  in  scope:  over  100  ac)ve   par)cipants,  F2F  mee)ngs  in  NYC,  SF,  Taipei,  Sapporo   IDPF  on  Feb.  14th  published  the  first  Public  Drae  of  EPUB  3  for   public  review  and  trial  use   EPUB  3  is  on  track  to  reach  Proposed  Drae  in  May  2011,  with   member  approval  vote  to  follow  
  • EPUB  3:  General  Enhancements–  Core  content  based  on  XHTML5  –  Enhanced  global  language  support  (ver)cal  wri)ng,   wri)ng  direc)ons)    –  Styling  &  layout  enhancements  –  Improved  metadata  capabili)es  –  MathML  support  –  Founda)on  for  cross-­‐document  links  and  annota)ons    
  • EPUB  3:  Rich  Media  Enhancements  •  Video  &  audio  support    •  Audio  can  be  synchronized  with  text    •  Embedded  font  support  a  baseline  requirement    •  Improved  SVG  support    •  JavaScript  support  
  • Beyond  EPUB  3.0  •  Modular  development  of  new  EPUB  capabili)es   –  Dynamic  templates   –  Dic)onary  schema   –  Annota)ons  and  advanced  cross-­‐document  linking   –  Security  /  rights  management  capabili)es  •  Increase  focus  on  the  “whole  product”   –  Test  suites,  cer)fica)on   –  Valida)on  programs   –  Open  source  implementa)ons   –  Educa)on  &  training  •  Promo)ng  global  adop)on   –  ISO-­‐level  standardiza)on   –  Improve  alignments  with  other  digital  publishing  organiza)ons  
  • Summary  •  EPUB  3  is  taking  the  EPUB  standard  to  a  new  level  •  EPUB  3  is  an  incremental  step,  not  the  des)na)on   –  We  don’t  know  what  the  “book/magazine  of  the  future”  will  be  so  we  can’t   hard-­‐wire  for  one  par)cular  embodiment  of  content  &  experience   –  EPUB  is  an  “innova)on  plamorm”  –  enabling  you  to  effec)vely  distribute  many   kinds  of  content  experiences,  via  a  wide  variety  of  channels   –  IDPF  is  kicking  off  modular  development  of  addi)onal  EPUB  capabili)es  and   you  are  invited  to  get  involved!  
  • For  More  Informa)on   •  EPUB  3  specifica)on:     hqp://idpf.org/epub/30     •  Email  me:  bmccoy@idpf.org