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Re: Documenting EPUB feature requests

From: Harri Heikkilä <Harri.Heikkila@lamk.fi>
Date: Fri, 9 Aug 2019 07:44:41 +0000
To: Ruth Tait <artbyrt@gmail.com>
CC: Dave Cramer <dauwhe@gmail.com>, W3C EPUB3 Community Group <public-epub3@w3.org>
Message-ID: <F8504BE8-3888-40EE-AB0B-BC5A848E227E@lamk.fi>

On 9 Aug 2019, at 1.51, Ruth Tait <artbyrt@gmail.com<mailto:artbyrt@gmail.com>> wrote:

Number 10….
No native support for book-specific semantics. For academic publishing in particular, the absence of native support for book-specific structures such as glossaries, note reference systems and advanced cross-reference systems pose a limitation that negatively impacts the behavioral repertoire of reading systems

I agree. In my opinion, the future of ebooks and EPUB depends on how much benefits they can offer compared to paper books. The importance of supporting these kind of features in the future road map should be understood.

[Brainstorming, ideas]:

1) Annotation & note creating and sharing systems (for example shared highlightnings in textbooks)
2) Glossaries (via popups)
3) Cross reference systems (with previews)
4) Easy support for more typographic finesses (like running headers, block quotes, pull quotes etc.)
5) Advanced navigation (see for example how Kindle does it)
6) Support of social reading functions
7) Creating a working group with companies offering professional publishing tools to support these kind of features in creating / exporting EPUB (Adobe, Quark, Affinity...)

 Harri Heikkilä, Principal Lecturer (visual communication)
PhD (arts), M.Sc (sociology)
Lahti University of Applied Sciences • Institute of Design
Address: Mukkulankatu 19, 15210 Lahti.
+358 400 214724
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