The W3C Workshop in Paris was the third in a series of industry consultation events held by W3C. The goal of this Workshop was first to identify difficulties faced by existing professional publishing organizations in using tools based on the Open Web platform, including the production of printed books, and second to find ways to work on eliminating or ameliorating those difficulties. We received approximately fifty statements of interest and position papers for the two-day event, and approximately sixty people attended the Workshop. Part of the workshop were panels around a selected subset of the submissions, part was organized as open discussions.
Many of the issues raised during the discussions will provide additional input to the work started by the W3C Digital Publishing Interest Group, collecting specific technical requirements of the publishing industry for the technologies of the Open Web Platform. Furthermore, it was felt that an additional activity on education and outreach may be necessary; indeed, one of the challenges of the Publishing Industry overall is to improve technical expertise in-house, also covering the new possibilities offered by the Open Web Platform (e.g., advanced CSS control for complex typography, or interactivity of electronic books provided by scripting), as well as the missing contacts the industry may have with Web Designers and Web Application Developers. It was also felt that W3C should continue to establish liaisons with various industry organizations in the area, and also to reach out to librarians and archivists to collaborate on, for example, the metadata issues of the publishing industry. We anticipate new actions in those areas in the months to come.
The event is partially in German and in English. Registration is now open.
The 27 September focuses on metadata vocabularies for digital publishing. We aim at bringing together various producers of metadata – news agencies, publishing companies, libraries, the Wikipedia community, … – and consumers: developers of new ways to add value to content via intelligent use of metadata.
Digital content in general, and electronic books in particular, are becoming extremely important for tomorrow’s educational market, where electronic books, using EPUB 3 format, and based largely on W3C’s Open Web Platform, have a central role to play in possibly replacing traditional textbooks. Participants at this event will look at the challenges, including the technical requirements, in creating such educational materials.