I’d heard rumour about the use of XHTML for fixed layouts in InDesign before the announcement of the new Creative Cloud 2014 suite this month, and having text-based pages — instead of them being purely image-based — sounded like a fantastic thing.
Add that Adobe included the ability to export the
epub:type attribute, and it seemed like there was a lot to look forward to as far as making accessible ebooks.
But the all important question lingered… what would the actual output look like, and would it match the hype?
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With the first working draft of the EDUPUB profile released, I figured it was worth looking at exactly what is EDUPUB.
I’m not going to give a marketing spin on the profile; it should at least somewhat speak for itself what an educational profile of EPUB is aiming to achieve. If not, go give the original IDPF announcement a skim.
Rather, I’m going to look at all the pieces that make up the profile, for those trying to practically wrap their heads around how it works.
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I don’t know what has me thinking about the use of the
epub:type attribute to structure HTML markup today, except for the obvious sad fact that I like thinking about markup issues.
The attribute is increasingly being used to build a kind of semantic scaffolding to prop up the generic markup that is HTML — going beyond simple semantic inflection of structures into semantic markup models where there are required parent and child relationships.
It’s not a new idea, but can it succeed in EPUB?
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