Publishing WG Telco, 2019-03-11: Lightweight packaging format

See minutes online for a more detailed record of the discussions.

TOC Format

The current draft is now at The document is very short: refers to the ISO ZIP standard as for the packaging file format itself. The only WPUB-specific specification is the requirement on having an entry page in HTML and/or a manifest file (defined by wpub) at the root directory. The rest of the organization depends on the author and is described in the manifest.

There are some editorial issues; the only major non-editorial issue was whether this document should be proposed as a W3C Recommendation track document or not. There are pro-s and con-s, but the current decision of the Working Group is to publish this document, eventually, as a W3C WG Note, making it clear that the ideal solution would be to use some sort of a Web Packaging specification, but this is not available today.


The telco discussed horizontal reviewing issues as well as the agenda of the upcoming F2F meeting in Cambridge, MA.

About Ivan Herman

Ivan Herman is the Technical Lead for Publishing@W3C. For more details, see

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