W3C specs for DPUB

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The DPUB IG drafted a comprehensive and prioritized list of W3C specifications that are important for the Digital Publishing industry. See DPUB IG charter.

The goal here is to collect W3C specifications related to Digital Publishing. This common wiki is open to everyone for editing. If you are aware of W3C specifications that are relevant to DPUB, feel free to update this table as needed.


W3C Recommendations

The following specifications are stable and have received the endorsement of W3C Members.

Category Specifications Status Primer Comment
Accessibility Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 REC Web Accessibility Presentations and Tutorials ref in EPUB3
Accessibility, Content and Markup Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) 1.0 REC WAI ARIA Primer (draft) ref in EPUB3
Accessibility Timed Text Markup Language 1 (TTML1) REC .
Encryption XML Signature Syntax and Processing Version 1.1 REC . ref in EPUB3
Encryption XML Encryption Syntax and Processing Version 1.1 REC . ref in EPUB3
Encryption XML SIG Decrypt REC . ref in EPUB3
Fonts WOFF File Format 1.0 REC . ref in EPUB3
Graphics Portable Network Graphics (PNG) Specification (Second Edition) REC . ref in EPUB3
Graphics Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 1.1 (Second Edition) REC . ref in EPUB3 (restricted)
Layout & Styling Associating Style Sheets REC ref in EPUB3
Layout & Styling Cascading Style Sheets Level 2 Revision 1 (CSS2.1) Specification REC . ref in EPUB3
Layout & Styling CSS Media Queries REC . ref in EPUB3
Math MathML 3.0 (Second Edition) REC . Version 2.0 is still widely used by the community
Metadata, Content & Markup RDFa Core 1.1 - Second Edition REC RDFa 1.1 Primer - Second Edition ref in EPUB3
Metadata, Content & Markup HTML+RDFa 1.1 REC RDFa 1.1 Primer - Second Edition
Metadata, Content & Markup RDFa 1.1 Lite REC RDFa 1.1 Primer - Second Edition
Metadata, Content & Markup JSON-LD 1.0 REC
Metadata PROV-DM REC PROV-PRIMER
Multimedia SMIL 3 REC . ref in EPUB3
Speech Pronunciation Lexicon Specification (PLS) Version 1.0 REC . ref in EPUB3
Speech Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML) Version 1.1 REC . ref in EPUB3
Misc CSS Namespaces Module REC . ref in EPUB3
Misc Extensible Markup Language (XML) 1.0 (Fifth Edition) REC . ref in EPUB3
Misc XML Events REC . ref in EPUB3
Misc Namespaces in XML REC . ref in EPUB3
Misc XML Base REC . ref in EPUB3
Misc XML Schema Part 2: Datatypes REC XML Schema Part 0: Primer Second Edition ref in EPUB3
Misc XQuery 3.0: An XML Query Language REC .
Misc XSL Transformations (XSLT) Version 2.0 REC .
Misc XProc REC .
Misc XML Entity Definitions for Characters (2nd Edition) REC .


W3C specifications - work in progress.

The following draft documents may be updated, replaced or obsoleted by other documents at any time.

Category Specifications Status Primer in EPUB3 dashboard
Accessibility Accessibility Features of SVG WG Note SVG 2 A11y SVG 1.1 A11y ref in EPUB3
Accessibility SMIL Timesheets 1.0 WG Note EPUB 3 Media Overlays
Accessibility User Agent Accessibility Guidelines (UAAG) 2.0 LC Web Accessibility Presentations and Tutorials
Accessibility WebVTT: The Web Video Text Tracks Format CG draft . Publications
Accessibility and Metadata Schema.org A11y Properties IG Draft .
Accessibility and Content Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) 1.1 WD WAI ARIA Primer (draft)
Animation Web Animations 1.0 WD .
Graphics Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 2 WD . ref in EPUB3
Layout & Styling, Content & Markup HTML5 CR ref in EPUB3 Publications
Layout & Styling, Content & Markup HTML5.1 WD . Publications
Layout & Styling CSS Paged Media Module Level 3 WD .
Layout & Styling CSS Text Module Level 3 LCWD . ref in EPUB3 current work
Layout & Styling CSS Text Decorations Module Level 3 CR . current work
Layout & Styling CSS Writing Modes ModuleLevel 3 CR . ref in EPUB3 current work
Layout & Styling CSS Line Grid Module Level 1 WD . current work
Layout & Styling CSS Flexible Box Layout Module Level 1 LC . current work
Layout & Styling CSS Fragmentation Module Level 3 WD . current work
Layout & Styling Generated Content for Paged Media Module ( GCPM) WD . current work
Layout & Styling CSS Grid Positioning Module Level 3 WD . current work
Layout & Styling CSS Template Layout Module WD . current work
Layout & Styling Requirements for Japanese Text Layout WG Note .
Layout & Styling Requirements for Latin Text Layout and Pagination FPWD .


Layout & Styling Indic Layout Requirements WD .


Layout & Styling CSS3 Ruby Annotation Module WD . ref in EPUB3 current work
Layout & Styling CSS Fonts Module Level 3 CR . ref in EPUB3 current work
Layout & Styling CSS Multi-column Layout Module CR . ref in EPUB3 current work
Layout & Styling CSS Regions Module Level 1 WD . current work
Metadata, Content & Markup HTML Microdata WG Note .
Metadata, Content & Markup Microdata to RDF IG Note .
Speech CSS Speech Module CR . ref in EPUB3 current work
Speech Web Speech API CG FSA .
Misc XML Security RELAX NG Schemas WG Note . ref in EPUB3
Misc Manifest for web applications WD .
Misc Service Workers WD .
Misc Custom Elements WD .
Misc HTML Imports WD .
Misc XSL Transformations (XSLT) Version 3.0 LCWD .


Misc Shadow DOM WD .
Misc Packaging on the Web ED .
Misc User Context 1.0 ED .
Misc Events 1.0 WD .



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Author and Acknowledgments

  • Editor: Thierry MICHEL, (W3C).
  • The editor wishes to especially acknowledge the following contributers: Gerardo Capiel (Benetech), Romain Deltour (DAISY), oji Ishii (Google, Inc.), Luc Audrain (Hachette Livre), Dave Cramer (Hachette Livre), Tom De Nies (iMinds), Mohamed ZERGAOUI (innovimax), Ivan Herman (W3C), Peter Krautzberger (W3C Invited Expert).