I’m pleased to be joining the board of the International Digital Publishing Forum.
In my nomination statement I listed three outcomes for ePub that I’d like to see realized:
- Historical limitations in reading systems have led to the perception that EPUB has poor international character support. I have raised multiple tickets in the EPUB Working Group issue tracker related to better support of Asian languages. Implementers of ebooks and ereaders in non-Western languages should be provided with clear guidelines on how to correctly encode and style such books, before proprietary formats tailored to those languages chokes off global adoption of EPUB.
- Improved outreach into the wider content community. While EPUB was designed with ebooks in mind, it is also an excellent generic container for any structured document. I believe there is opportunity to promote the use of EPUB for newspapers, magazines, journals, and other kinds of content, using the existing install base of EPUB readers. Sponsoring example documents and best practices would encourage developers from those industries to consider EPUB for a wider set of use cases than just ebooks.
Thank you to the member organizations, and I look forward to serving with the great team that’s already in place.