Use Cases and Exploratory Approaches for Ruby Markup (Note)

The W3C Internationalization Working Group has published a Group Note, Use Cases & Exploratory Approaches for Ruby Markup.

This document was designed to support discussion about what is needed in the HTML5 specification, and possibly other markup vocabularies, to adequately support ruby markup. It describes a number of use cases associated with ruby usage, and then examines a number of possible ruby markup approaches for each use case, listing pros and cons for each approach.

CSS Style Attributes Proposed Recommendation Published

The Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) Working Group has published a Proposed Recommendation of CSS Style Attributes. Markup languages such as HTML and SVG provide a style attribute on most elements, to hold inline style information that applies to those elements. This draft describes the syntax and interpretation of the CSS fragment that can be used in such style attributes. Learn more about the Style Activity.

Report on the W3C Paris Workshop on Digital Publishing and the Open Web Platform

W3C published today the final report of the Workshop on the Publishing and the Open Web Platform that was held 16-17 September 2013 in Paris. W3C thanks IRI for hosting the event, Intel and Adobe for their sponsorship, and INRIA for their support.

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.

An event on digital publishing, multimedia and metadata

W3C has the pleasure of announcing the following event, organized by the W3C Germany and Austria Office together with Xinnovations:

Semantic Technologies – exploitation strategies and metadata convergence
26-27 September 2013, Berlin, Germany

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.

The event is closely connected to W3C’s new Digital Publishing Activity. Indeed, the results of the meeting will also provide valuable input to the Digital Publishing Interest Group’s.

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EDUPUB: A Workshop on Digital Publishing for Education

W3C has the pleasure of co-sponsoring the following event:

 EDUPUB: A Workshop on Digital Publishing for Education
  29-30 October 2013, Boston, USA
 (See also the call for participation)

The event is organized by the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF).

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.

The event is closely connected to W3C’s new Digital Publishing Activity. Indeed, the results of the meeting will also provide valuable input to the Digital Publishing Interest Group’s.

W3C Workshop Report: Richer Internationalization for eBooks

W3C published today a report summarizing the Workshop on Richer Internationalization for eBooks, which took place 4 June in Tokyo. Participants discussed topics such as how CSS Paged Media spec can already go a long way to support ebooks, various aspects of ruby annotation that are not yet addressed, how to handle ideographic characters that are not in the character encoding, how JavaScript can be relevant to ebooks (especially since internationalization features are currently being added to the core language), and the need to increase the availability and usability of Far Eastern fonts for ebooks.The report also includes the results of a survey sent to Workshop participants immediately following the workshop to rank the issues that were discussed.

The Workshop was Hosted by Keio University, and sponsored by Intel as well as W3C organization sponsor Google.

Digital Publishing Interest Group WIKI now available

The Digital Publishing Interest Group WIKI provides information about the current state of the Digital Publishing Interest Group;  a forum for experts in the digital publishing ecosystem.

Want to know about:

  • The timeline of deliverables and face-to-face meeting,
  • Interest Group’s participants,
  • Technical issues and requirements,
  • Interest Group’s main discussion list,
  • How to send your comments about our deliverables or drafts,
  • How to read public Meeting records of the Interest Group,
  • How to follow Open Issues and Open Actions through Tracker,
  • and much more …

Visit the Digital Publishing Interest Group WIKI !

The Digital Publishing Interest Group is part of the W3C Digital Publishing Activity.