Dave Cramer is a Senior Digital Publishing Technology Specialist at Hachette Book Group, one of the “Big 5” trade publishers in the U.S. He develops standards, workflows, and tools for both print and ebook production using web technologies. He started working with ebooks in 2001, and created the first commercial EPUB files for Hachette in 2007. He was co-editor the IDPF fixed layout specification, and wrote BISG’s Field Guide to Fixed Layout. He’s a former member of the W3C’s CSS Working Group, and helped edit specs on paged media. Dave is now co-chair of W3C’s EPUB 3 Working Group, working on the forthcoming EPUB 3.3. He’s been a speaker at BEA, Digital Book World, Tools of Change, ebookcraft, and Books in Browsers.
The year of testing dangerously: The EPUB 3.3 story
April 28, 2-3 p.m. ET | Free
A new version of EPUB 3 is coming, but it’s nothing to fear. For the first time, EPUB is going through the W3C’s rigorous “recommendation track.” This includes “horizontal review” to ensure robust accessibility, internationalization, security and privacy, and technical architecture. There’s also a requirement to test every statement in the spec, to prove that there are interoperable implementation.
What does all this mean for ebook creators? We’ll talk about what’s changed since EPUB 3.2, the testing process, the surprising things we’ve learned about EPUB, and what comes next.