Seattle, Washington and Stockholm, Sweden, September 21, 2011 The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) today announced that Markus Gylling has been appointed its Chief Technical Officer. Gylling has been seconded to the IDPF via the DAISY Consortium, and will continue to serve in parallel as CTO of DAISY.
The open source XSL stylesheets for DocBook have been updated to support EPUB 3 by Bob Stayton (author of DocBook XSL: The Complete Guide). The EPUB produced validates against the new EPUBCheck 3.0 b2 and supports advanced EPUB 3 features including audio, video, and MathML.
On September 6 an initial beta of the next version of the widely used validation tool for EPUB was made available by its open source developers. EPUBCheck 3.0, a Java library, now supports validation of EPUB 3 content. As well, the new release supports validation of "exploded" (unzipped) EPUB publications and single-file validation of individual elements of a publication (package file, navigation file, etc.). Fore more information about the new version see: http://code.google.com/p/epubcheck/wiki/EPUBCheck30 .
On July 20, 2011 the IDPF held a workshop on Advanced Adaptive Layout for High-Design Publications, in Mountain View, CA USA and via Web conference. Total attendance was over 60 (over 30 in person) from over 25 different organizations including Adobe, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Cengage Learning, Google, IDEAlliance, Inkling, John Wiley, Libre Digital, Pearson, Rodale, Safari Books Online, and others.
Presentation slides from IDPF Digital Book 2011 at BEA (May 23-24 2011) can be downloaded from links in each speaker's biography. We regret the delay in posting. Note that not all speakers and panelists utilized slides, and some speakers have chosen not to make slides publicly available.
JEPA (Japan Electronic Publishing Association) will hold a seminar on EPUB 3 Latest Topics in Tokyo, Japan, on July 8, 2011. Speakers will include IDPF Executive Director Bill McCoy and several key contributors to the Japanese digital publishing technology ecosystem. Capacity is limited to 120 and pre-registration is required (at http://www.jepa.or.jp/seminar/ ); 2000 Y fee will be donated in entirety to Tohoku devastated area relief.
The IDPF will hold a Workshop on Advanced Adaptive Layout for High-Design Publication on July 20 from 9:00am Pacific until 2:00pm, at the Google campus in Mountain View, CA and via Web meeting. The meeting facilitator will Markus Gylling, Chair, EPUB 3 Working Group. IDPF members, EPUB 3 Working Group participants, and other interested parties are invited to participate.