The first editor’s draft of EPUB 3.1 was released last weekend, so it seemed like a good time to add a quick post on what is changing.
The revision so far has been about scaling back features and aligning with the web, so despite a lot of working going into the new drafts, there’s not a lot in the way of drastic changes. EPUB is going through a phase of better integration that will allow epub and html and reading systems and browsers to live together in better harmony moving forward.
Continue Reading EPUB 3.1 Update
Alas… I don’t think I can say I learned while working on the best practices book that no matter how detailed you think you’ve reviewed your prose, some flubs will make it through.
Only because I learned that lesson a long time ago when I first got into publishing. I’ve seen notes from an author to an editor in a final print run, after all. (Thankfully, the editor wasn’t me!)
It doesn’t surprise me, then, that some errata has been noted, or that I’m the one reporting some of it. You can only hope that your mistakes are small, and the errata haven’t been all that critical to date.
That said, when you make an error, there’s no point running from it, and the two bits of errata that most bother me are both in the navigation chapter. I just gave a brief synopsis of one of the issues in the IDPF forums, so I figured I’d take a little more time to outline them both here.
And maybe take a look at a couple of additional clarifications we tried to make during the 3.0.1 revision, as grasping the in-spine and out-of-spine uses is proving to be generally confusing.
Continue Reading Tables of Contents Revisited
Although support for text and audio synchronization in EPUB reading systems still isn’t complete or perfect, we’ve been learning more about the optimal ways to generate the content.
I keep having conversations about overlays and then keep forgetting to write down what the issues and resolutions are, so decided to make that the topic for the day.
This post will probably be a bit of a hodgepodge of ideas, so you’ll just have to bear with me.
Continue Reading Some Nuances of Media Overlays
I’ve been porting over the content I used to have on the cdata site today, so for a taste of programming (which it seems like I rarely get to do anymore) I made the XSLT style sheet I wrote ages ago to convert an EPUB 3 navigation document into an NCX into a live form.
Feel free to use it, but I guarantee nothing…
It’s also reachable under the Odds ‘n Ends section.