|03-18-2010, 10:45 PM||#1|
Join Date: Dec 2007
Device: Ebookwise 1150 / 1200
Web Standards for E-books by Joe Clark (web article)
A little article on one of my favorite sites.
|03-18-2010, 11:36 PM||#3|
Join Date: Sep 2009
Thinking about it again, the one problem is that he ignores a critical issue in the development of ebook standards. eBooks are not the web, and never will be.
While no-one with any sense would disagree with html being the backbone of modern ebooks (the old Dtbook standard is a legacy nonentity), there's still some relevant debate as to the way the rendering is specified. The web is tied to CSS, but that's not the only game in town when it comes to transforming xml into rendered output. Adobe has been pushing for the use of XSL-FO, which is a standardised rendering language for xml and offers some real benefits over the hodge-podge that is CSS.
If there's any problem with XSL-FO, it's that it's overly formal and could use a bit of practical condensing. OTOH, you just have to take a look at a standard 35kB+ garbled CSS file from Penguin to see that ebooks desperately need a rendering standard that will force technicians to think about what they're doing.
Last edited by charleski; 03-18-2010 at 11:52 PM.
|Thread Tools||Search this Thread|
|Thread||Thread Starter||Forum||Replies||Last Post|
|Epub revision - alignment with broadly-adopted Web standards||Nate the great||ePub||4||04-08-2010 11:38 PM|
|Great article on ebook formatting and web standards (A List Apart)||Prospect||News||6||03-10-2010 02:14 AM|
|Saving a web article to read later||ficbot||News||7||11-08-2009 09:48 AM|
|E-Book and Web Books||duraipragash||Introduce Yourself||7||06-24-2009 10:16 AM|
|Mobile Web surfing on the rise says Face of the Web||Alexander Turcic||Lounge||2||04-20-2006 02:17 PM|