Rich multi-media and a web of devices is driving us to a world of standards

W3C's Jeff Jaffe talks about the Open Web Platform, a harmonious coexistence of HTML5 and EPUB, and the importance of standardization.

At the recent TOC conference in New York, I had the opportunity to sit down with Jeff Jaffe, CEO of the World Wide Web Consortium, to talk about the Open Web Platform and standardization issues. In our video interview (embedded below), Jaffe says HTML5 is by no means a replacement for ebook formats like EPUB or Mobi — he says HTML5 is the core markup used on the web and that EPUB can be viewed as a specialization (at the 0:44 mark) and that increased communication between the communities “will allow us to have better standards built into HTML, so that way, publishing specific standards like EPUB would be able to have far greater capabilities.” (At the 1:39 mark.)

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TOC to Host W3C eBook Workshop

CFP deadline is December 10

Among the many exciting events taking place during TOC this year, we’ll be hosting the W3C’s first eBook workshop, “eBooks: Great Expectations for Web Standards – A W3C Workshop on Electronic Books and the Open Web Platform.”

The workshop – organized in partnership with IDPF and BISG – is free, but is limited to 80 registrants (with no more than two attendees per any one organization).  To be considered for participation, attendees are required to submit a position paper explaining their perspectives on a workshop topic of their choice (see http://www.w3.org/2012/08/electronic-books/topics.html for workshop topics) by December 10. Participants should have an active interest in the area chosen, ensuring other workshop attendees will benefit from the their presence in the discussion. Click here for more information on the CFP.

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