On September 6, 2016, the IDPF Board of Directors unanimously approved elevation of EPUB 3.1 to Public Draft status. EPUB 3.1, developed by the EPUB Working Group, represents a new major version of EPUB. Although generally compatible with EPUB 3.0.1, significant changes have been introduced in this new version (e.g., changes in metadata expressions and removal of support for some EPUB-defined features).
The first Editors Draft of EPUB Accessibility 1.0 has been published at http://www.idpf.org/epub/a11y/, making available a conformance and discovery specification for accessiblility within the EPUB standard. While accessibility has always been a requirement of EPUB 3, this new specification&
On May 10, IDPF and W3C announced that we were jointly exploring the potential to combine our organizations to accelerate EPUB adoption and advance publishing technologies for the overall Open Web Platform.
As previously announced, all IDPF members are invited to attend a Publishing Community Meeting on September 22 during W3C TPAC 2016 (Lisbon), co-sponsored by W3C and IDPF, as well as to attend other meetings throughout TPAC week, the flagship annual event for the global community developing Open Standards for the Web.
The EPUB 3 Working Group is pleased to announce that the third Editor's Draft of EPUB 3.1 is now available for community review. This draft is feature complete, and all open issues in the tracker have been addressed. The Working Group is looking to publish the first formal Public Draft of the EPUB 3.1 specification by early September, and meanwhile encourages any community feedback on the work to date.
IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS Global/IMS), the world leader in EdTech interoperability and innovation have announced that Markus Gylling will join IMS Global to lead IMS efforts in accessibility and digital content and to serve as the primary executive for IMS Europe effective October 1, 2016. The appointment will help accelerate the effective adoption and use of e-textbooks and other digital learning materials for all learners worldwide and will strengthen support and integration resources for IMS members across Europe.
In its annual Board elections, 81 IDPF member organizations cast votes, selecting eight Board members from among twelve candidates. Newly elected to the IDPF Board are Mike Baker (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and Tzviya Siegman (Wiley). All six incumbents who ran for re-election were selected, including Paul Belfanti (Jone & Bartlett Learning), Leslie Hulse (HarperCollins), Rick Johnson (Ingram Content Group), Bill Kasdorf (Apex CoVangtage), Liisa McCloy-Kelley (Penguin Random House), and Junichi Yoshii (Kodansha).
On June 15 at UTC 14:00 (16:00 CEST, 10:00 U.S. ET) IDPF Europe'[s host EDRLab will facilitate a 90 minute interactive webinar regarding the prospective combination of IDPF with W3C. As announced on May 10 the IDPF is soliciting member feedback and comments with this webinar as part of the process. This call will open with a brief summary of the current status, followed by open discussion and Q&A.
The annual election process for the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) Board of Directors has begun. Twelve candidates, including six incumbents, are standing for election to eight director positions. Each IDPF member organization's primary representative is eligible to vote, and has been sent an online ballot link via email. The election will be open through Friday, June 17, 2016. A list of candidates with links to their nominating statements is available at: http://idpf.org/board-elections-2016-05