The growth of the tablet and eReader market, and changes in scholarly publishing, have shown
the accelerating impact of the Open Web Platform on digital publishing.
but uses them in full. It also extends them to cover the various needs of digital publishing.
These extensions, and continuing fragmentation among devices, formats, publishers, and distribution networks,
suggest an opportunity for W3C to address publishing industry use cases, from novels and prose through
to scientific and scholarly publishing, medical and legal publishing, interactive children's books, magazines and more.
The initial aim of the Digital Publication Community Group will be to determine if W3C should invest more heavily
in digital publication, and if so, what role it should play. The CG will establish and strengthen active liaisons
with existing digital publishing fora, such as the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) which oversees
the ePUB specification, as well as digital publishers and distributors of all types.
The Digital Publication Community Group will also explore the idea of one or more workshop on the topic, and
provide a forum for open discussions on the future of digital publishing, specifically:
- reducing market fragmentation
- describing traditional and emerging publishing workflows,
from the technology perspective
- creating scenarios and requirements to drive future standardization in W3C Working Groups,
including layout, internationalization, security, accessibility, content protection, metadata, and vocabularies.
This group will not publish Specifications.
This Community Group closed on 5 December 2013. For discussion on this topic,
please refer to the Digital Publishing Interest Group.