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Digital Publishing Interest Group

The mission of the Digital Publishing Interest Group, part of the Digital Publishing Activity, is to provide a forum for experts in the digital publishing ecosystem of electronic journals, magazines, news, or book publishing (authors, creators, publishers, news organizations, booksellers, accessibility and internationalization specialists, etc.) for technical discussions, gathering use cases and requirements to align the existing formats and technologies (e.g., for electronic books) with those used by the Open Web Platform. The goal is to ensure that the requirements of digital publishing can be answered, when in scope, by the Recommendations published by W3C. This group is not chartered to publish Recommendations; instead, the goal is to cooperate with the relevant W3C Working Groups to ensure that the requirements of this particular community are met.


List of current DIGPUB IG Task Forces

Current Goals Publications Leader(s) Repository Resources, Use Cases
Layout & Styling Expand coverage of latinreq; document spreads and bleeds, find material on STEM and higher-ed publications; looking at issues around pagination "Requirements for Latin Text Layout and Pagination" Dave Cramer github repository, github paged view, TF wiki, TF wiki, Styling Use Cases 1., I18N Use Cases 2., Pagination Use Cases
Content & Markup Review existing lists of structural vocabulary terms. Provide selected terms to PF for inclusion as digital publishing module of ARIA. Tzviya Siegman github repository, github paged view, TF wiki, Use Cases
Accessibility Review UAAG, EPUB 3 a11y features/guidelines (particularly media overlays, CSS Speech, Braille, and SVG) Deborah Kaplan, Charles LaPierre github repository, github paged view, TF wiki, Use Cases
STEM Review STEM-specific requirements, usage, deployments, etc, of W3C standards (HTML, MathML etc), web technology, markup and data formats. In particular, undertake kick-off interviews with specialists followed by a wider survey among practitioners, and summarize results in a report and the use cases. Peter Krautzberger github repository, github paged view, TF wiki, Use Cases
(PWP) Locators Establish principles and mechanism locators in the context of Portable Web Publications. Ben De Meester TF wiki
Archival (To be defined in more details.) Tim Cole TF wiki

Closed task forces

Current Goals Publications Leader(s) Repository Resources, Use Cases
Annotation Collect community feedback, then produce updated version; feed the results to the general Annotation work at W3C "Annotation Use Cases" Robert Sanderson github repository, github paged view, TF Wiki, Use Cases
Metadata Set up two committees of volunteers, one to research current informational resources available from the W3C and elsewhere regarding RDF, and the other to research identifiers that are or should be expressed as URIs and consult with their governing organizations to see what instructions or guidance they are providing and what level of URI usage they are currently experiencing. Also, finalize report in GitHub and turn it into a W3C Note by December 20. Task force report Bill Kasdorf, Madi Solomon github repository, github paged view, TF wiki, Use Cases
Identifiers Explore the technical challenges and requirements on identifiers with reference to EPUB-WEB Bill Kasdorf github repository, github paged view, TF wiki, Use Cases

Other task forces considered by the group

These task forces are currently not existing or active; they may be subject of future work.

Group(s) of Use Cases
Security Use Cases
Packaging and Distribution

Other document for the DPUB industry

F2F Meetings

Important Resources on this Wiki


  • August 6th 2013 at 15h00 GMT: first IG telecon meeting.
  • November 2013: first face-to-face meeting, in conjunction with the W3C TPAC week in 2013.
  • January 2014: draft of the technical issues relevant to other W3C Groups (see the first deliverable above), based on the results of the three W3C Digital Publishing Workshops (February 2013 in New York, June 2013 in Tokyo, and September 2013 in Paris), the planned face-to-face meeting of the Interest Group, and input provided to the Interest Group.
  • July 2014: first stable set of technical issues and requirements (e.g., in the form of a W3C Interest Group Note) relevant to W3C groups (see the first deliverable above), documented by use cases, and delivered to other W3C groups. These documents may also include requirements presented to existing W3C Working Groups, and/or proposed new work requiring a new Working Group to be chartered.
  • July 2014: first stable set (in the form of a W3C Interest Group Note) of a detailed overview of W3C specifications (see the second deliverable above), relevant for the Digital Publishing industry.
  • October 2014: face-to-face meeting, in conjunction with the W3C TPAC week in 2014.


To get the most out of this work, participants should expect to devote several hours a week; for budgeting purposes, we recommend at least half a day a week. For chairs and document editors the commitment will be higher, say, 1-2 days a week. Participants who follow the work less closely should be aware that if they miss decisions through inattention further discussion of those issues may be ruled out of order. However, most participants follow some areas of discussion more closely than others, and the time needed to stay in good standing therefore varies from week to week.

W3C Group Resources


Email the chairs and staff contacts at

  • Markus Gylling, IDPF and the Daisy Consortium, Co-Chair
  • Liza Daly, Pearson/Safari Books Online, Co-Chair
  • Thierry Michel, W3C, Staff Contact
  • Ivan Herman, W3C, Staff Contact