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RE: An unexpected usage of EPUB:-)

From: Bill Kasdorf <bkasdorf@apexcovantage.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 15:29:17 +0000
To: Ivan Herman <ivan@w3.org>, W3C Digital Publishing IG <public-digipub-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <b6846032e0bb4be5a6f551291dffc278@CO2PR06MB572.namprd06.prod.outlook.com>
Precisely! I've been trying to make this point in my presentations for the past three years. People persist in thinking there's a choice _between_ EPUB 3 and HTML5. It's a false dichotomy that is unbelievably common and persistent.

I wasn't aware of this feature of Pages. I will mention it in the presentation I'm working on right now. While I don't know about the quality of the EPUB or the HTML that this export produces, I will still be glad to use this example instead of the EPUB export from InDesign, which is also built-in and easy to do, but especially wrt FXL is horrible imo.

I'm really glad to have this easy and obvious example to point to--thanks much!! 

--Bill

-----Original Message-----
From: Ivan Herman [mailto:ivan@w3.org] 
Sent: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 4:52 AM
To: W3C Digital Publishing IG
Subject: An unexpected usage of EPUB:-)

I realized today a strange thing when using Mac' Pages program (that is a Word-like program for Mac, produced by Apple, although infinitely simpler than Word). Pages has various export functionalities. To my surprise, it does not have an HTML export; to my even greater (and pleasant) surprise, it has an EPUB export. Which makes sense if the document contains drawings, for example.

This is pretty much in line with our thoughts on epub.next, and also has a side effect. If one wants simply an HTML from a text only page, then generate the EPUB, unzip it, and there you have the HTML...

:-)

Ivan

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