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Re: Documenting EPUB feature requests

From: Dave Cramer <dauwhe@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Aug 2019 14:10:05 -0400
Message-ID: <CADxXqOw-Y2vyEcHw6q9JeuTUMuJZywUTDCv7txBSLboihdjmtg@mail.gmail.com>
To: Harri Heikkilä <Harri.Heikkila@lamk.fi>
Cc: Ruth Tait <artbyrt@gmail.com>, W3C EPUB3 Community Group <public-epub3@w3.org>
On Fri, Aug 9, 2019 at 3:44 AM Harri Heikkilä <Harri.Heikkila@lamk.fi>
wrote:

>
> [Brainstorming, ideas]:
>
> 1) Annotation & note creating and *sharing* systems (for example shared
> highlightnings in textbooks)
>

I've seen demos of reading systems where annotations can be shared among a
defined group within a particular reading system. Are you hoping to share
annotations across different reading systems?


> 2) Glossaries (via popups)
>

There is a spec, but I'm not aware of any implementations.

3) Cross reference systems (with previews)
>

Are you talking about linking to other EPUBs? This gets really complicated.
How would you construct a URL to something that might be available from a
hundred different sources, might cost money, and might not be online?


> 4) Easy support for more typographic finesses (like running headers, block
> quotes, pull quotes etc.)
>

blockquote is a standard HTML element. We do pull quotes all the time with
standard HTML and CSS. EPUB tried to specify a mechanism for running heads,
but it received little interest or adoption, and so it was removed.

5) Advanced navigation (see for example how Kindle does it)
>

Could you go into more detail about this?

6) Support of social reading functions
>

What sort of functions are you thinking of?


> 7) Creating a working group with companies offering professional
> publishing tools to support these kind of features in creating / exporting
> EPUB (Adobe, Quark, Affinity...)
>

We would be delighted if Adobe or Quark participated in the CG. But I think
the best thing of all would be EPUB export from Microsoft Word.

Thanks,

Dave
Received on Wednesday, 14 August 2019 18:10:40 UTC

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