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Re: [tdf-discuss] Question about proposing the creation of a new format


There is a draft of the EPUB3 specification (
http://idpf.org/news/epub-3-specification-public-draft-released ), I think
that this spec has many problems: the capability of scripting (wich is
potentially harmful), the low emphasis on semantic data (they use metadata,
but specially related to the book structure, not with its content), to
forget the "3d models" type of media (epub3 "only" supports images, video
and sound, but not 3d models wich the user could explore), and the absence
of "profiles" (they talk about fallbacks, but only for scripting, not for
media content). I suppose there are good reasons to choose that spec and not
an extended one... but at that moment, I can imagine which reasons are.

I think that would be interesting to program an ebook editor, to promote the
EPUB use over other privative formats. Many lacks of the EPUB format can be
covered with scripting, but hidding the scripting to the user, doing it
automaticly behind the scene.

If there are interested people, then I'm interested on helping working on
webkit integration.

Kind regards

2011/4/25 Italo Vignoli <italo.vignoli@gmail.com>

On 04/25/2011 11:11 AM, drew wrote:

 However, should LibreOffice have support for producing documents
targeted to eReaders? I don't know maybe, probably.


I am not an expert on ebooks formats, but I know there are a lot of efforts
around the ePub format to become a standard. Unfortunately, there are too
many commercial interests around ebooks today for the development of a real
independent standard.

Anyway, should such a standard be defined and accepted, I would personally
be in favour of supporting it, as documents are becoming more pervasive than
in the past and in the future will be accessed through a multitude of
devices (many of them being mobile).

Best regards, Italo


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