Publishing has been operating in a digital environment for decades. The production of content via digital processes developed alongside many of the key developments in computing for the general user. The digital environment has been the main way of processing information for some time and print products have for many years now involved digital production methods. Some sectors of publishing have advanced more quickly down this route than others and it was those sectors that developed genuinely digital products first, as we will see in Part II, particularly Chapters 6 and 7.
What exists today has developed from various strands. These include: