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Re: [AudioTF] Some helpful comments from an audio publisher

From: Laurent Le Meur <laurent.lemeur@edrlab.org>
Date: Fri, 28 Dec 2018 12:14:12 +0100
Message-Id: <E82A75C4-F1AA-4422-9375-7A2948B11AF2@edrlab.org>
Cc: Matt Garrish <matt.garrish@gmail.com>, Hadrien Gardeur <hadrien.gardeur@feedbooks.com>, Wendy Reid <wendy.reid@rakuten.com>, W3C Publishing Working Group <public-publ-wg@w3.org>
To: Ivan Herman <ivan@w3.org>
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>> On 22 Dec 2018, at 11:20, Matt Garrish <matt.garrish@gmail.com <mailto:matt.garrish@gmail.com>> wrote:
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>> > I should be allowed to create a Web Audio Publication, using a HTML PEP with the ToC in it, package it, and call it a bona fide audio book.
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>> Call me jaded, but we’ve gone down this road before with EPUB trying to make it the format for manga/comics and magazines (that immediately spring to mind), and it didn’t succeed. I’m not getting the impression that web deployment of audiobooks as web publications is a primary concern, so forcing compromises that makes them conforming may not be the best way to tackle the problem for either format.
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> It may be true for audio books, but the examples I have seen at the Manga workshop in Tokyo does suggest that a Web deployment of manga is certainly of a great interest. One the other hand, we did agree (and Lauren's submission goes in this direction[1]) that the packaging solution we would use should be general and not restricted to audio books.
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> Ivan
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> [1] https://github.com/w3c/pwpub/pulls <https://github.com/w3c/pwpub/pulls>
Yes, in this first draft I chose to be generic and keep a MUST on the presence of an entry page, that could be as simple and static as :

<html>
  <head><link href="manifest.jsonld" rel="publication"/></head>
  <body><p>Please use a Web Publication compliant UA to enjoy this publication.</p></body>
</html>

But this is open for discussion. 

We should take for granted that a "streamer" (the piece of software that will expose the container as a Web Publication) will add to this basic entry page a link to some JS that will provide a decent Web reader/player for use by non-WP compliant UAs (i.e. browsers). But this is in the realm of best practices, not specification.

Best,
Laurent

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>> I’d only aim for easy translation if it better meets the needs of the people who will actually be deploying/consuming the audiobooks, otherwise we’re likely just going to walk the same path again.
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>> Matt
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