This week's developerWorks newsletter: Why EPUB 3 is good news for e-book fans
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With sales of e-book readers in overdrive -- both of my technology-wary, octogenarian parents now own them -- many developers are turning their attention to EPUB, the industry-standard XML e-book format. And as more and more consumers make the move from the printed page to the electronic reader, there is a growing demand for more sophisticated forms of content, such as multimedia and publications with complex layouts. (Heads up, Mom and Dad!)
Version 3.0 of the EPUB standard aims to meet these needs by embracing modern web technologies like HTML5 and CSS 3, as well as a broad range of XML vocabularies, such as MathML and SVG. This week on developerWorks, Liza Daly shows you how to use EPUB 3 to create rich-layout pages that capitalize on some of the new features in this next-generation open e-book standard; her example focuses on adapting a page from a children's book into EPUB 3. (Want more background? Read Liza's excellent EPUB overview tutorial.)
Clearly, EPUB is one of the more dynamic technologies out there. What can we expect to see in future versions? Good question. Let me check with my folks.
Until next week,
John Swanson and the developerWorks editorial team
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