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Re: Can a publication change over time?

From: Hadrien Gardeur <hadrien.gardeur@feedbooks.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2017 21:05:02 +0200
Message-ID: <CA+KS-11w-2q1FW7Hnt+4ip4vwqc2tXUuk1p-sKZea144sWqV8Q@mail.gmail.com>
To: Leonard Rosenthol <lrosenth@adobe.com>
Cc: "public-publ-wg@w3.org" <public-publ-wg@w3.org>
Since we're on the Web, I think it's safe to say that everything can and
will be updated over time. No matter what we say and write, this won't
change the way things work on the Web.

During the call, someone said (Garth maybe?) that the main concern is tied
to the primary resources of a publication.

I think these primary resources will also be updated and change over time,
here are a few different examples:

   - it's fairly common for technical books to be updated over time (some
   publishers have beta books, but with platforms like Gitbook you can expect
   even more regular updates)
   - serialized fiction (comics, manga but also general fiction) could be
   distributed as a WP per fragment/chapter, but it might be easier for the
   reader to simply point them to a WP that will be updated over time with
   more content
   - Librivox audiobook releases are produced by a community over time, it
   would make perfect sense to have a WP for the complete publication, with
   new updates as the community releases new audio files
   - Jiminy Panoz provided a use case in the Github issue about remixing
   <https://github.com/w3c/wpub/issues/8#issuecomment-317539201> that is
   also relevant here, since a publisher could dynamically provide specific
   part of a publication (author bio, highlighted titles, titles from the same
   author etc.)

These are all examples where the ability to update a WP really shines and
adds value compared to EPUB.


2017-07-25 19:45 GMT+02:00 Leonard Rosenthol <lrosenth@adobe.com>:

> There seems to have been a good discussion on this at the meeting that I
> missed ☹.   And I didn’t see a specific resolution to the topic, so I
> figured I’d pull it out here for further review.
> In my view, Garth said it best (copied from the minutes):
> <*garth*> Publishing: defining the parts that won’t change over time.
> This means that a WP can contain resources that are a mix of “static”
> (unchanging) content and “dynamic” (changing) content.  I have two favorite
> examples (aka real world use cases) of this:
>    1. A textbook where the quizzes can be changed by the professor for
>    their specific class
>    2. A data dashboard that is able to display the current data
> Does anyone believe differently about a WP and its ability to contain
> “dynamic” content?
> Leonard
> P.S. I am specifically **NOT** talking about PWP here – just WP.
Received on Tuesday, 25 July 2017 19:05:45 UTC

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