The Digital Publishing Interest Group seeks to ensure that the requirements of digital publishing can be answered, when in scope, by the Recommendations published by W3C. It is composed of representatives from book publishers, reading system vendors, consultants, and subject matter experts. The group has published two First Public Working Drafts to describe use cases and requirements that will advance the state of publishing activity on the Open Web Platform:
Annotation Use Cases, describes the set of use cases generated for Annotation and Social Reading within the W3C Digital Publishing Interest Group, in coordination with the Open Annotation Community Group. Annotations play an important role in improving reading experience for electronic books, online magazines and journals, and indeed for Web sites at large; this collection of use cases will also contribute to the possible future work on Annotation that W3C has engaged in recently (see, for example, the upcoming Workshop on Annotation to be held in April).
Requirements for Latin Text Layout and Pagination describes requirements for pagination and layout of books in latin languages, based on the tradition of print book design and composition. It is indeed important that those experiences and traditions, based on centuries old experiences and knowledge in aesthetics, ergonomy, cultural traditions, etc, are not lost with electronic publishing coming to the fore. While this document plans to give an overview of those requirements, a separate document, to be published in future, will explain how those requirements would translate into technical requirements on technologies like CSS or HTML, and will hopefully serve as a reference for the CSS Working Group and other interested parties.
Future work is planned in the areas of accessibility, metadata, and content and markup, and the group is actively seeking feedback and contributions from members of the digital publishing community.
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