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An aside: Some of the TR documents in epub3 (a.k.a. eating our own dog-food:-)

From: Ivan Herman <ivan@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2014 16:54:19 +0100
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To: W3C Digital Publishing IG <public-digipub-ig@w3.org>
I had a private project the past few weeks (actually I started a few months ago but I was on and off) to convert official W3C documents to EPUB3 automatically. For an individual document that is not all that interesting (although it does allow off-line usage), but it is great if one has a set of recommendations that belong together, so to say. In such a case a book is actually a collection of specs but can be considered as one.

The tool is pretty mature by now; it does all kinds of nice things like changing possible cross references to references within the book, including all the necessary css files, images, etc, in the book rather than referring to the Web address, etc. We just had a major publication of a new version of RDF a few days ago, and that prompted me to put up a number of such ebooks:

http://www.w3.org/dpub/ebooks/

I think we should definitely use this when we publish WG Notes, eg, latireq or annotation. Many groups have/had alternative formats for their specs and tese are referred to from the document header. In the past, hm, well, ehem, the alternative format was often a PDF file:-( I guess we ought to publish epub3 when the time comes; eating our own dog food...

Ivan

P.S. Needless to say: if you find some issues with those books, please tell me. This is the first time a seriously produce eBooks, looking at the spec and other ebooks...

Disclaimer: Of course, these are _not_ official documents, just a reproduction thereof!


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