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Re: Thoughts on the future of EPUB 3

From: Dave Cramer <dauwhe@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2018 11:55:59 -0500
Message-ID: <CADxXqOxWrWG3NrC9Z_1cqm-zWgf7d1ftCryaotcHAiZA2teo3w@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Johnson, Rick" <Rick.Johnson@ingramcontent.com>
Cc: "public-epub3@w3.org" <public-epub3@w3.org>, "public-publishingbg@w3.org" <public-publishingbg@w3.org>
Hi Rick,

Absolutely—my thoughts are certainly influenced by my experience, which is
largely in trade. But I think some fundamentals still apply—we need to be
conscious of how our actions affect legacy titles and systems; the distance
between specification and implementation continues to loom large; perhaps
epubcheck could be used differently.

I would love to hear more about these sorts of issues in other contexts.
Higher Ed has a very different relationship to backlist than trade does.
EPUB seems closer to an interchange format than an end-user format in some
segments. As content gets more complex, the limitations of some reading
systems loom larger...



On Fri, Jan 19, 2018 at 11:19 AM, Johnson, Rick <
Rick.Johnson@ingramcontent.com> wrote:

> Thanks, Dave.  In reading your post, my perspective is obviously centered
> around textbooks and other educational material/courseware.  I found much
> of your prose, examples, and arguments centered around the trade book
> space, and not entirely true for textbooks, journals, and other publishing
> domains.  Do you think this is true, and the conversation could be
> segmented, or not?
> -Rick
> *From: *Dave Cramer <dauwhe@gmail.com>
> *Date: *Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 8:37 AM
> *To: *"public-epub3@w3.org" <public-epub3@w3.org>, "
> public-publishingbg@w3.org" <public-publishingbg@w3.org>
> *Subject: *Thoughts on the future of EPUB 3
> *Resent-From: *<public-publishingbg@w3.org>
> *Resent-Date: *Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 8:36 AM
> Inspired by the recent debate about EPUB 3.1 and backward compatibility, I
> wrote a blog post on the future of EPUB 3, compatibility, mistakes, and
> even old versions of EPUB being "good enough." I think there is much we can
> learn from the web on this subject.
> http://epubsecrets.com/good-enough-a-meditation-on-the-
> past-present-and-future-of-epub.php
> Thanks,
> Dave
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